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Local fugitive found asleep along Gwinnett road

Failed to register as a sex offender, authorities say

POSTED: August 14, 2013 12:30 a.m.
 

A man wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in Forsyth County turned up in neighboring Gwinnett County last week.

Michael David Westbrook, 48, remained in custody at the Forsyth County Detention Center on Tuesday, awaiting a bond hearing, said Doug Rainwater, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Authorities began searching for Westbrook in late July after deputies discovered during a verification check that he was no longer living at his registered address on Holyoke Road.

According to Rainwater, a Gwinnett County police officer responding Thursday to a call of a man passed out on a roadside found Westbrook.

“The Gwinnett County officer went up and asked if he was OK, and Westbrook pretty much said, ‘I’m OK, but I’m wanted out of Forsyth County,’” Rainwater said.

Westbrook was convicted in 1997 for kidnapping in Fulton County.

“He carjacked a car in Fulton County with a baby in the back seat,” Rainwater said, “and now under Georgia law, that puts you on the [sex offender] registry.”

Westbrook moved to Forsyth County in March, and his address was verified on the initial check.

According to Georgia law, any person convicted of a criminal sex offense in any state or territory must register once a year with local law enforcement, providing accurate information about where they work and live. They must also notify authorities if they move.

 

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