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Forsyth man sentenced ten years for carjacking attempt
Arsalan Khalid Khan
Arsalan Khalid Khan

A man from Forsyth County has been sentenced to a decade in federal prison for his part in an attempted carjacking that took place in DeKalb County in 2017.

According to a recent news release by the Department of Justice, this week Arsalan Khalid Khan, 27, of Cumming and Patrick Davis Gegenheimer, 24, of Atlanta were each sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years probation by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr.

Khan and Gegenheimer were arrested on Sept. 1, 2017, after they attempted to commit an armed carjacking in the parking lot of a DeKalb County Sam’s Club. In the release, U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak stated that Khan pointed a pistol at a shopper as he loaded goods into a minivan and demanded his keys. After the shopper complied, Khan ordered the shopper to get in the minivan.

“At that point, the shopper grabbed the pistol and wrestled it away from Khan. The pistol discharged during the struggle, injuring Khan’s hand,” the release stated.

Khan and Gegenheimer fled the scene after the incident but were found and arrested by Chamblee police officers in minutes.

“Khan and Gegenheimer showed no regard for life when they brazenly attempted to carjack an innocent shopper,” Pak said.  “These criminals will no longer threaten the safety of our citizens but will now serve lengthy prison sentences that reflect the serious and violent nature of their crimes.”

In the release, Chamblee Police Chief Donny Williams praised the efforts of law enforcement, saying that he was “proud” of their quick response and persistence to catch the two men.

“They didn’t give up searching for these dangerous individuals when it appeared they had gotten away, and that made the difference,” he said.

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Khan has had numerous run-ins with their deputies and investigators over the years, including recent arrests in 2015 and 2013.

Court records show that between 2011 and 2012, Khan stood trial for several different charges, including aggravated assault, criminal damage, obstruction of law enforcement, burglary, theft by taking and theft entering auto.

Many of those charges were later dismissed, but according to those records in 2013 Khan pled guilty to 12 felony counts of theft enter automobiles and one felony count of burglary. He was sentenced to six months at a minimal security detention center and 10 years of probation.

The release states that Khan’s case in Chamblee was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Chamblee Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Traynor.

In the release, Special Agent in Charge Arthur Peralta, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Atlanta field office called the case a “collaborative effort” between the ATF, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and local police to catch and prosecute Khan and Gegenheimer.

“Khan and Gegenheimer chose to commit this act and use a gun,” Peralta said. ”These sentences ensure that they will not have an opportunity to terrorize anyone for a long time.”