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Teen fakes kidnapping after failing college class

Teen fakes kidnapping after failing college class

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A Johns Creek man was arrested Thursday after admitting to police that he faked his kidnapping.

Aftab Aslam faces several felony charges, including terroristic threats, false statements and tampering with evidence.

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The 19 year old disappeared Apr. 27. He initially told police he was drugged and held prisoner, according to Johns Creek spokesman Doug Nurse.

Aslam's parents received a text on the day their son vanished, saying the teen had been kidnapped and warning them not to call police. Nurse said investigators determined the text was sent from near Aslam's home, and eventually learned Aslam had purchased the phone and sent the text.

89-year-old man's identity stolen

89-year-old man's identity stolen

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Police in Johns Creek are working to find a suspect accused of stealing an elderly man's identity.

Personal checks were stolen from the 89-year-old victim's home in early February, according to Johns Creek spokeswoman Rosemary Taylor.

Those checks were used to make purchases at Walmart stores in Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville and Rome.

Taylor said police believe the suspect worked as a health care provider to the victim.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477. Tipsters can also leave information at crimestoppersatlanta.org.

3 Atlanta suburbs among nation's safest cities

3 Atlanta suburbs among nation's safest cities

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Three metro Atlanta towns are among the safest cities in the U.S.

Every year, NeighborhoodScout.com lists America's safest cities of at least 25,000 residents according to the number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 people.

Johns Creek comes in at No. 14 on this year's list, while another north Fulton County town, Milton, is No. 39. On the south side, Peachtree City ranks No. 63, jumping from No. 67 in 2012.

Johns Creek and Peachtree City are also among Georgia's top 10 suburbs, according to a 2012 study by Coldwell Banker.

Child molester sentenced to 220 years

Child molester sentenced to 220 years

ATLANTA -- A 23-year-old man has been convicted of raping a child in his care.

Jason Jerome Hambrick was found guilty Friday. He was sentenced to 220 years in prison on charges of incest, aggravated sodomy, rape and cruelty to children.

According to information presented in court, Johns Creek Police began investigating Hambrick in July 2011, when the 3-year-old victim made sexual gestures to family members.

Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones said the child's relatives questioned her about the gestures, which led to them calling police and taking the little girl to the hospital.

A subsequent investigation determined that Hambrick forced the child to participate in several sex acts, some of which caused scarring, Jones said. The relationship between Hambrick and the girl was not revealed.

Hambrick was arrested and charged in August 2011.

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug traffickers operating Sandy Springs rehab center

11Alive News has learned that two metro Atlanta men who recently pled guilty to federal drug trafficking charges have been operating a Sandy Springs facility for recovering addicts for several years.

In October, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Drew T. Green, Thomas Malone Jr. and eight others for drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy, alleging they were operating one of the largest synthetic drug cartels in the country.

Federal prosecutors say Green and Malone's company Nutragenomics sold millions of dollars worth of chemicals used to manufacture so-called designer drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

"I've come to a point where I refuse to use the term synthetic marijuana. It gives these poisons too much credence," said Lance Dyer whose son Dakota committed suicide after smoking a synthetic marijuana product named "Mr. Miyagi."

 "These drugs are literally poisons."

Man admits mailing threats to metro Atlanta schools

Man admits mailing threats to metro Atlanta schools

ATLANTA -- An Oak Lawn, Ill. man pleaded guilty in federal court last week to mailing threats to four metro Atlanta schools.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said that 29-year-old Valtrez Stewart admitted to mailing the threats in January and February of last year. The notes were created out of collages of letters clipped from newspapers and magazines. They included threats of a bomb going off and killing at least 20 people, and promises of brutal murders if money was not paid to certain people.

Stewart pleaded guilty to sending the letters to Marietta High School, Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Northview High School in Johns Creek and Stephenson Middle School in Stone Mountain.

2 charged in liquor store robbery

2 charged in liquor store robbery

CUMMING, Ga. -- Two Metro Atlanta men have been arrested and charged in connection with the Sept. 2 armed robbery of a Forsyth County liquor store.

Jonathan Blake Reid of Alpharetta and Jamario Stephan Barnwell of Union City remain in the Forsyth County Detention Center with no bond. They are both 21 years old.

The men are accused of robbing Sharon Crossing Beverage on Peachtree Parkway, according to Lt. Col. Gene Moss with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

"A black male entered the business, armed with a handgun and wearing a mask," Moss said. "He demanded money from the two clerks inside the business."

Witnesses noticed a suspicious 2009 Toyota Corolla parked behind the liquor store shortly before the robbery. They took down the license plate number and gave it to police, Moss said.

Investigators traced the car to a house in the Johns Creek jurisdiction and subsequently found both suspects at the home.