Michigan fugitive captured in lake home after manhunt in Dekalb Co.

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A Michigan fugitive is in custody after a manhunt and standoff in Dekalb County.

Deputies found George Forest Brown, 34, and his ten-year-old son in a lake home Sunday night on Happy Trails Lane off Pucketts Point Road.

According to a release from the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office, Brown had crashed his car after a low-speed pursuit Sunday afternoon and broke into the home when he realized no one was home.

Deputies found Brown and the child inside the home after locating a broken window. Officers entered the home and found Brown locked in a bedroom with the child. Brown made several verbal threats toward the officers before eventually surrendering.

He was taken to the hospital for evaluation and later booked into the Dekalb County jail. The child was taken to the hospital for examination.

Officials said the manhunt started when a resident on Shoreline Drive off Coconut Ridge Road reported a suspicious man who came to his door asking for help. He told the resident he had gotten his car stuck on a walking trail at Shoreline Drive. The resident helped the man get his car out of the mud and back on to the road while officers responded.

Authorities said they later spotted the suspect’s car near the intersection of Coconut Ridge and Savannah Drive. They noticed it was swerving on the road at 20-30 mph. They pulled the car over, but the driver drove away off before officers could confront him.

A pursuit ensued from Coconut Ridge Road to Allen Street, and then to the end of Big Hurricane Road where the suspect turned his car and tried to ram deputies’ cars. 

According to a release, the suspect then led deputies on a pursuit from Big Hurricane Road onto Cookeville Highway. He drove on to Ponder Road where he crashed his car through an iron gate. He turned to ram deputies’ cruisers again and lead them back down Ponder Road back to Cookeville Highway. 

Officials said the suspect pulled onto Puckett’s Point Road where county officers followed. His car went off the road, where he abandoned the car and fled into the woods with his son. 

The suspect’s car was a blue Mercury Marquis with a Michigan tag that does not belong to the car. Police said the VIN number is registered to another person in Indiana. 

Brown was wanted out of Hillsdale, Michigan, where police say he was involved in a pursuit and fired shots at Michigan officers.  

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