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UPDATE: Cumming shoplifting suspect captured after chase identified
Man was found hiding in stormwater runoff tunnel
Turner road search scene
After fleeing from police, the suspect ran into the storm drain beneath construction site. - photo by Jim Dean

A shoplifting call to a Home Depot in Cumming around 8 a.m., Tuesday turned into a brief manhunt beneath a construction site. 

Issac Lamar Cash, 24, was arrested on Tuesday, April 12, and charged with shoplifting, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, fleeing and attempting to elude, possession of marijuana and possession of a schedule 1 hallucinogen following the chase. 

Police responding to the Home Depot on Market Place Boulevard arrived just as a suspect was attempting to leave Home Depot in a silver Chevy Malibu after reportedly concealing six wire spools in a roller suitcase and fleeing after being confronted by the store’s loss prevention. 

Cumming police began to pursue the suspect but called off the chase, which had reached speeds of 116 mph, as the car went north on Ga. 400 into traffic. 

Cumming Police Chief David Marsh said that police found the car moments later, wrecked alongside the highway, with the suspect fleeing into the woods. 


The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office joined the chase, and the suspect was seen going into a stormwater runoff tunnel that runs beneath a new mixed-use development at the corner of Turner Road and Market Place Boulevard. Deputies were able to obtain a map of the stormwater system from the construction crew on site. 

Marsh said Cash reportedly climbed 100 yards through the tunnel and the pursuit involved officers setting up a perimeter around the area and a using a K-9 unit.

After the chase, a search warrant was executed on the vehicle, where another 10 wire spools from a different Home Depot were found. A rifle was found in the car’s engine compartment, and Cash reportedly possessed a small amount of marijuana and mushrooms. 

A short time after the arrest, the suspect was taken into custody without incident. He was transported by ambulance to Northside Hospital Forsyth at his request to be checked for injuries. 

Cash is still in the Forsyth County Jail with a $16,760 bond, according to the jail’s website.