Dalton man admits to committing crime crime to get help

DALTON, Georgia(WDEF) – A Dalton man was charged with arson and strong-armed robbery but officials say he likely suffers from Schizophrenia and committed the crimes to get help.

According to the arrest report, Thaddeus Ackerman, 50,  set two dumpsters on fire behind a Petco then set another fire to a wooded area behind the store.

Eight minutes later, Ackerman reportedly walked into a bank with a threatening note that said "give him $10,000 of the teller would die." When the teller handed him the cash he said he didn’t want. Then he told her he needed help. Ackerman then waited for police to take him into custody.

While inside the Dalton Police headquarters, Ackerman reportedly told investigators that he was hearing voices that told him to kill and that he needed help. But he also said he never intended to hurt anyone.

Police now believe Ackerman suffers from the mental disorder Schizophrenia.

"It effects roughly one out of every 100 adults here in America and it is usually treated through medication and inpatient settings," said Licensed Professional Counselor Edward Doreau of CBI Counseling Center.

The signs of Schizophrenia include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Hearing voices
  • Disorganized thinking
  • and Bizarre emotions that don’t connect well.

As for Ackerman, he remains in the Whitfield County jail without bond.

Categories: Crime, Local News, Whitfield County

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