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DNA evidence leads to arrest in 2017 Craigslist hijacking
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Kwame Akintunde Abayomi

DNA evidence allegedly left at the scene of a 2017 motorcycle hijacking in Cumming has led local investigators to arrest a man from Douglasville this week on multiple felony charges, authorities say. 

Kwame Akintunde Abayomi, 29, of Douglasville was taken into custody by Forsyth County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 4, 2018, after investigators allegedly located his DNA at the home of a local resident who was robbed at gunpoint after attempting to sell his motorcycle on Craigslist in November 2017, according to Cpl. Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Rainwater said that at about 10 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2017, two men came to the victim’s house, located on Flowers Drive in Cumming, in response to a Craigslist advertisement the victim has posted about a motorcycle up for sale.

“The [first] suspect, a white male, came to the house and said the guy sitting in the car parked outside [of the victim’s house] is an Uber driver and he brought him up here,” Rainwater said at the time of the crime. “The victim showed the [suspect] the motorcycle and while the white male was looking at the bike, a black male pretending to be the Uber driver walked up alongside the white male and pointed a gun at the victim. The white male jumped on the motorcycle and the black male jumped back into the car and started to drive off.”

The victim, who Rainwater said was also armed, retreated to the tree line of his property and began firing at the suspects as they fled the area. Both suspects eluded his gunfire and attempts by law enforcement to pursue them.

According to Rainwater, crime scene investigators were able to collect DNA at the victim’s home and send it to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab for analysis.

In June, Rainwater said that they received word that the DNA was a match for an individual, Abayomi, that was already known in the Georgia prison database. In August, he said that they received word that he had been taken into custody in Douglasville on unrelated charges. 

"He was in the Georgia prison system already with his DNA, so we did our due-diligence to check facts and make sure he was capable of being in Forsyth County on that date," Rainwater said. "It has been confirmed that he had the opportunity to be in our area.” 

Rainwater said that despite this victory, they were not able to secure DNA for the other suspect and at this point they have no leads on his identity, but they will continue to search for him.

“The bottom line is, we don't forget," Rainwater said. "We did our job at the scene, we collected some DNA and sure enough this DNA led us to the one that is responsible. It took 13 months, but we have one in our county jail now.”

Abayomi has been charged with two felonies for robbery and hijacking a motor vehicle and is being held in the Forsyth County Jail without bond.