Fugitive captured near Johns Creek elementary school after 11-hour search

After an almost 11-hour manhunt Wednesday morning, authorities captured a man facing felony charges who they say ran away during a traffic stop in Forsyth County.

Jonathan Daniel Castillo, 20, was found about 11:45 a.m. near an elementary school in Johns Creek, according to Channel 2 Action News.


Castillo and two others ran away from Forsyth County deputies about 1 a.m. during a traffic stop, sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater said.

Authorities found guns and drugs in the car the trio left behind, according to the sheriff’s office.

Schools in Johns Creek were placed on lockdown while authorities searched for Castillo.

“It is important to know that our students were never in any danger,” Fulton County Schools said in a statement. “A suspect was being chased by the police and decided to run through the property of our schools. The suspect never entered or attempted to enter any of our buildings.”

Forsyth County deputies asked for help from the Johns Creek Police Department after an off-duty police officer spotted Castillo along McGinnis Ferry Road about 8 a.m., Channel 2 reported. 

Authorities searched the area around McGinnis Ferry Road and Lakefield Drive, near the border of Forsyth and Fulton counties. 

Witnesses reported seeing more than a dozen police cars, numerous SWAT officers and K-9 units during the search, Channel 2 reported.

Castillo was found near Findley Oaks Elementary School, according to Channel 2. He was booked into the Forsyth jail on multiple charges, including theft, possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony, and obstruction of a criminal investigation. Castillo also faces multiple drug trafficking and possession charges. 

Charges against the other two people have not been released.


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