Alleged kidnapping victim found while police serving eviction notice

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Gwinnett County sheriff's deputies who were serving an eviction notice at a Lawrenceville apartment Tuesday stumbled upon a man who had been kidnapped and badly beaten.

The deputies found the victim, a 19-year-old Lawrenceville man, lying on the bathroom floor.

One of the suspects, 20-year-old Destin Rashed Johnson of Atlanta, bolted from the apartment after deputies discovered the victim. He was later recaptured and charged

with kidnapping with bodily injury, possession of a

firearm while committing a felony and obstructing law enforcement.

The victim told police Johnson and another man came to his home at Gwinnett Place Apartments on Sweetwater Road and forced him to leave with them at gunpoint. The suspects took him to another apartment in Richmond on the Fairway on Fairway Oaks Drive in Lawrenceville, where they beat him and pistol-whipped him for about an hour.

"Basically they demolished this kid," said Detective S.K. Shaw of the Gwinnett County Police Department, who said both the victim's eyes were blackened and the teen suffered bruises and scrapes to the rest of his body.

The victim said the attackers accused him of stealing their money, but he claimed to be blameless. Police are still trying to identify the second suspect.

Man arrested after allegedly passing counterfeit bill

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man was arrested on shoplifting charges Wednesday after he allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a Lawrenceville Target store.

Phillip Norman Stewart, 20, brought razors and a book bag into the store to cut off tags and then conceal items in the bag, according to arrest warrants. He then allegedly tried to pass the counterfeit bill and flee, but an employee tried to stop him.

Stewart pushed the woman through the door, injuring her arm. After he was captured, he also gave police a fake name. Stewart is charged with giving a false name to a law enforcement officer, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, second-degree forgery and battery.

Two teens arrested after school fight

SNELLVILLE - Two students were arrested Thursday after allegedly causing a fight at South Gwinnett High School on East Main Street in Snellville.

Vaughn P. Fray, 17, and Javier A. Cosmen, 17, allegedly began punching each other in the head and body when a dispute broke out about 7 a.m., according to an arrest warrant. Cosmen allegedly struck Fray and then bit him on the chest.

The fight caused a total disruption to school, the arresting officer said. Both boys face a misdemeanor charge of affray.

- From staff reports