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Two teens charged in Monday's south Forsyth car thefts, pursuit
Deputies continue search for third suspect
chase web

SOUTH FORSYTH – Two teens were arrested Monday for reportedly stealing two cars from a subdivision in south Forsyth, leading deputies on a multi-county car chase.

Seymour Demetrius Prather, 18, of Stockbridge, and Darnell Cedric Pressley, 19, of Atlanta, both face numerous charges, including theft of auto and entering autos.

Additional charges are pending for the men, who are being held without bond at the Forsyth County Jail.

The encounter with Forsyth County deputies, and later officers from Johns Creek Police Department, began in the Shakerag Farms subdivision, which is located off McGinnis Ferry Road.

“Somebody placed a 911 call around 5 a.m. in reference to someone trying to steal his car,” said Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. “Our deputies were close and the first deputy responding passed the first [getaway] car coming out of subdivision, [identifying Pressley] based on the description the homeowner gave us.

“A chase ensued over to Johns Creek, where the stolen car then crashed, and [Pressley] got out and ran on foot into a creek area that was half water, half grass.”

Pressley was apprehended quickly and transported to the jail, Rainwater said.

While the initial chase was occurring, another chase was initiated after a second responding deputy saw Prather attempting to leave the same subdivision.

“Another responding deputy passed another car coming out of the subdivision, but that car then goes back into the subdivision and gets lost,” Rainwater said. “The deputy is chasing that guy and eventually the second stolen car takes out a few mailboxes trying to get back out of the subdivision, [ultimately] abandoning the car and running on foot.

He was later arrested on Old Atlanta Road by a deputy who was patrolling the area.

“The deputy noticed a suspicious person covered up in mud and water as if he had been going up creeks all night,” Rainwater said. “The deputy put two and two together and arrested [him] for the stolen vehicle.”

A third suspect was allegedly involved in the car thefts but got away, Rainwater said Monday.

“We are trying to identify the third person; we didn’t see him, just had information there was a third suspect involved,” he said.

Prather so far faces charges of entering autos and giving a false name, and additional charges may be added.

He has no prior criminal history in Forsyth County.

Darnell was charged with theft of auto, entering autos and fleeing and attempting to elude.

He also faces property damage and traffic charges in Johns Creek and does have a prior arrest history, though none of his previous arrests were in Forsyth County.

“Once [Darnell] takes care of bond here,” Rainwater said, “we’re going to call Johns Creek and they will come pick him up.”