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Grand jury indicts Forsyth kidnapping suspect who tried to swim away
Kip Smith- kidnapping mug

NORTH FORSYTH — A Forsyth County Grand Jury has indicted the 20-year-old Cumming man who reportedly attempted to kidnap his girlfriend on Memorial Day and then swim away from authorities in Lake Lanier.

Arrested May 25 on 16 charges, Kip Timothy Smith Jr. was indicted Aug. 10 on three counts, including kidnapping a 19-year-old woman.

The incident reportedly began with an argument in front of a home on Forest Circle near Chattahoochee Elementary School. A 911 caller reported that Smith had refused to let the woman out of his vehicle before he drove away.

He then wouldn’t stop for Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies before later getting out of the vehicle and running off, authorities said.

Smith also was indicted on counts of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and for obstruction of an officer.

According to the bill of indictment, Smith drove off at an “excess of 20 mph above the posted speed limit at Chattahoochee Road and Forest Circle.”

After he ran away on foot, a perimeter was established that included patrol deputies — while marine, bicycle and K9 units were available for backup — to enclose Smith as he swam around in the lake.

He eventually came to shore at the top of Young Deer Creek near Duckcove Way and the Shady Grove RV Park.

He was met there by deputies who had been monitoring his swim from on shore.

The woman was found by the vehicle with no physical injuries.