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Police seek help in catching alleged kidnapper

LILBURN -- Gwinnett police are asking for public assistance in catching a kidnapping and assault suspect who has slipped away from his pursuers on multiple occasions.

Ricky Knight, 33, is wanted in connection with a May 3 incident at a Lilburn apartment complex on Northridge Way, when he reportedly fled with his ex-girlfriend's two children, who were later returned unharmed.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said Knight has eluded capture since the incident, and has repeatedly fled from police. Knight, a Virginia native, has lived in multiple locations around Gwinnett. His current city of residence is unknown, Smith said.

Investigators believe Knight came to his ex-girlfriend's Retreat at Arc Way apartment the afternoon of May 3, knocked on the door and became irate when another man answered. The man, Bryon Cotton, is a family friend who was watching Knight's ex-girlfriend's two 7-year-old boys, Smith said.

Knight allegedly pulled a gun, then followed a fleeing Cotton to a bedroom, where a fight over the firearm ensued.

"Cotton managed to release the magazine of the firearm and escaped by jumping through a window," Smith said.

Knight rounded up the two boys, put them in his car and fled. The children were returned unharmed a few hours later by a female friend of Knight's and released to their mother, Smith said.

Police have charged Knight with aggravated assault, kidnapping, third-degree cruelty to children, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Knight is described as a 6 foot 2 inch, 190 pound black man with numerous tattoos on his arms, chest and back. His rap sheet includes felony convictions for aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and theft by receiving, Smith said.

Police urge anyone with information on Knight's whereabouts to call Gwinnett police detectives at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-557-TIPS. Anyone who spots Knight should call 911, Smith said.