Missing Iowa man flees Gwinnett County officers with son - CBS46 News

Missing Iowa man flees Gwinnett County officers with son

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Police in Gwinnett County are searching for a missing Iowa man and his 5-year-old son.

On Jan. 11, a Gwinnett County police officer stopped Jeremiah E. Johnson, 33, for failure to stop at a red light at the intersection of Nelson Brogdon Blvd. and Buford Highway in Buford.

The officer returned to his vehicle and ran the driver and vehicle information, and discovered Johnson was reported missing out of Iowa with his son, Johnnathan Johnson, who was in the back seat.

Information indicated Johnson is possibly suicidal and homicidal and disappeared with his son during a custody dispute with the child's biological mother.

The officer then asked Johnson to step out of the car and he refused, speeding off with his son still in the car.

The officer followed the car at a safe distance, but lost contact with Johnson on Buford Dam Rd. as it entered into Forsyth County.

Over the weekend, authorities with Jackson County Sheriff's Office located what is believed to be all of Johnson's personal belongings abandoned.

It is unknown why Johnson abandoned all his property, but police said he may act on his suicidal/homicidal thoughts or is attempting to start a new identity with his son.

Johnson may be in a silver 2003 Volkswagen Passat with Iowa tag 608ZDB. The car has a carrier attached to a hitch on the back of the car.

Johnson is charged in Gwinnett County with fleeing or eluding police, two counts of obstruction, reckless driving, cruelty to children, failure to obey traffic control device and reckless conduct.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Gwinnett County Police at 770-515-5000.

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