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Updated: 10:14 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 | Posted: 5:25 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Bank robbery, kidnapping suspect had psychotic break, mom says

Nicholas Humphrey
Nicholas Humphrey

By Action News Jax, Rich Jones

Jacksonville, Fl —

A woman says her son who held 13 people hostage during an attempted robbery at a Jacksonville bank on Thursday was experiencing a psychotic break.

Betty Harris said her son Nicholas Daquan Humphrey called her the night before he walked into Community First Credit Union on Edgewood Avenue with a gun and his dog.

"He called and he wanted to speak with a pastor," Harris said.

She said she thinks her 23-year-old son had a psychotic break before he held up the Jacksonville credit union.

Police said he fired a gun inside the bank and made everyone go into a back room.

He surrendered after SWAT team members forced their way into the bank.

"He told me I would be receiving his big toe in the mail," Harris said. "I said, 'Nicholas, what is going on? What is this about?' Don’t worry about it mom I love you. Tell my brothers and sisters I love them.”

He hung up after Harris asked if he was drinking or doing drugs.

Harris said her son lived with her in Tampa up until June, when he moved to Jacksonville.

Humphrey's record from Hillsborough County includes multiple offenses, from Domestic Violence to Excessive Speed to Drug Possession.  His most recent offense was a traffic stop in May. 

In Duval County, Humphrey was arrested in September for driving with a suspended license. She said in recent months he'd been angry and not looking like himself. 

"He questioned, why do I always have to be a good guy? Why do I always have to work and break my back for these few pennies and these people are robbing banks and killing people and live in like they want to live?" Harris said.

She said she was shocked when she found out about the hostage situation from her son's girlfriend, who lives in Fort Pierce.

"It was really shocking to me as a parent and shocking to me as a person because I thought of all those people that were held hostage," she said. "And didn't know what was going to happen to their lives."

Humphrey's father, who spoke with reporters after a first court appearance Friday, said Humphrey had recently exhibited suspicious signs. 

"Been rambling and mumbling on talking to himself, something unusual in the last 24 hours. I overlooked it, thought maybe he was just drinking or something. It's just a shame what happened", said Andre Combs. 

He says he's happy none of the victims were hurt.   

"I just thank God. I think he's in a better place now.  Hopefully he can get some mental evaluation, counseling, and we'll take it from there", said Combs.  

Humphrey is facing 13 counts of kidnapping, one count of armed robbery and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.

Sheriff Mike Williams says they are looking at mental illness as a possible motive. He also said Humphrey was not cooperative with law enforcement this morning and was “over the top” in terms of communication with his officers.

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