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Kidnapping trial to go forward in Forsyth County court
Michael Fazio
Michael Fazio

A local man accused of allegedly attempting to kidnap a child in a south Forsyth book store last year will soon face trial, authorities say.

The jury trial of Michael Brandon Fazio, 27, of Alpharetta will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday in the Superior Criminal Court of Forsyth County, presided over by Chief Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley and prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Sandra Ann Partridge.

Fazio has been formally charged with kidnapping. He was arrested on Jan. 7, 2018 after allegedly picking up a young child in a bear hug at a local book store and walking towards an exit.

At the time of the arrest, Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said that after the boy’s father intervened in the incident, Fazio stated he thought the boy was someone he knew, “but we don’t even halfway believe that. We believe that it was a true stranger-on-stranger kidnapping.”

Rainwater said that Fazio was later identified by social media posts, which showed security camera footage of the incident.

“From that point we did a whole bunch of checking, and our detective worked through the night to find him,” Rainwater said.

Fazio has pleaded not-guilty to the charges laid against him in April 2018 and is currently being held in the Forsyth County Jail for trial.

The trial is expected to last through Feb. 13, according to court records.