Dad charged in kidnapping flees cops, arrested again

Daniel Michael Cleary

Daniel Michael Cleary


Jacquelyn Nhu Tran

SUWANEE -- Capt. Shane Edmisten has worked in the Suwanee Police Department for 20 years, but Monday may have been his most eventful. Never mind that it was his first day as patrol commander.

Suwanee police officers responded to an armed robbery and were involved in two chases, including one with a Roswell man that was in a high-profile incident six months ago. Edmisten has worked as a dispatcher, officer and detective, but was recently promoted following the retirement of Capt. Clyde Byers and the promotion of Capt. Cass Mooney.

"It certainly was a memorable first day," Edmisten said.

Suwanee officers caught and arrested Daniel Michael Cleary, who was charged in Fulton County with kidnapping his two sons from Suwanee and taking them to Texas in December. A condition of Cleary's bond was that he could not see his sons nor be within 10 miles of the Suwanee home of the mother of the children.

At about 7:45 p.m. officers were called to a neighborhood along Peachtree Industrial Boulevard after a man was reported to have a knife behind a home.

While in the subdivision, Cleary's PT Cruiser was spotted by officers and they attempted a traffic stop. But Cleary fled and took officers on a chase south on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard into Duluth near the intersection of Ga. Highway 120. While Duluth Police also joined the chase, a Georgia State Patrol trooper engaged and executed a PIT maneuver on Cleary's vehicle, a city of Suwanee press release said.

Cleary allegedly got out of the car with a knife to his throat and a Suwanee officer deployed a Taser on Cleary. He was booked in the Gwinnett jail on charges of aggravated stalking, DUI, fleeing/attempting to elude, speeding and reckless driving. He was held without bond, jail records show.

That incident came nearly nine hours after a Suwanee woman led police on a 14-mile pursuit in a white SUV following an alleged armed robbery at the Quiznos on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Jacquelyn Nhu Tran pulled a gun inside the restaurant and said "give me all your money" before police arrived as she left the restaurant, the release said. Tran surrendered in a parking lot near Old Peachtree Road and Buford Drive. Gwinnett jail records show Tran was held without bond on armed robbery, reckless driving and fleeing/attempting to elude charges.