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Have You Seen This Man?

A 'possibly suicidal and homicidal' man flees from police during a traffic stop in nearby Buford, authorities lost sight of him as he drove into Forsyth County.

Authorities in Gwinnett County are searching for a "possibly suicidal and homicidal" man that fled from police during a Jan. 11 traffic stop in Buford.

According to police, a uniform patrol officer stopped a silver 2003 VW Passat bearing Iowa tag 608ZBD at approximately 10:11 a.m. on Friday after the vehicle ran a red light at the intersection of Nelson Brogdon Boulevard and Buford Highway. After stopping the vehicle near the intersection of South Lee Street and Buford Highway, the officer informed the driver of the reason for the stop.

The driver presented a license identifying himself as Jeremiah Johnson, 33, of Fort Bragg, N.C. A check of the man's identification in state and national databases indicated Johnson had been reported missing out of Iowa and was accompanied by his 5-year-old son Johnnathan Johnson.

The database, according to police, also indicated Johnson was "possibly suicidal and homicidal and disappeared with his son during a custody dispute with the child's biological mother." 

The officer returned to speak with Johnson and noticed a male child in the backseat of the vehicle. The officer asked Johnson to step out of the vehicle, but Johnson refused and sped away with the child still in the car. The officer followed at a safe distance knowing the child was in the car and lost sight of the vehicle on Buford Dam Road as Johnson drove into Forsyth County.

Read the full article on Buford Patch.

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