By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Alpharetta man arrested for alleged battery, kidnapping of Forsyth County woman after weeks on the run
James Michael Sears WEB
James Michael Sears

An Alpharetta man is now in Forsyth County Sheriff's Office custody after more than two weeks on the run following an alleged "serious domestic" incident with a local woman.

According to Cumming Police Department Deputy Chief Aletha Barrett, James Michael Sears, 44, turned himself in to authorities at the Forsyth County Jail on Monday.

Barrett said that there had been a BOLO out for Sears in the Forsyth County area since the evening of Nov. 8, when officers responded to a residence off Castleberry Road in Cumming and found that one woman had allegedly been attacked and was visibly injured.

The woman told officers that her estranged husband had allegedly broken into her home, took her cell phone, beat her such that she had visible injuries and "forcefully" dragged her down the stairs and out of her home, according to Barrett.

Over the next several days, a manhunt was conducted for Sears in Cumming, Forsyth County and Alpharetta, but the search and BOLO was unsuccessful in apprehending him. Eventually, Sears was located through his attorney after warrants were issued by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Barrett said.

Barrett said that Sears was supposed to turn himself in to authorities last week but failed to do so until after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sears has been charged with felony counts of burglary and kidnapping and misdemeanor counts of theft by taking and battery.

Sears is currently being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.

The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety and the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office assisted the Cumming Police Department in locating Sears and bringing him into custody, Barrett said.