Man wanted in ‘brutal’ Gwinnett rape, kidnapping arrested in Louisiana

A man who has been wanted on charges including rape and kidnapping in Gwinnett County for more than a year has been arrested in Louisiana.

Alfredo L. Capote, 30, was arrested in Oil City, Louisiana, Tuesday in a counterfeit check investigation, according to the Caddo Parish sheriff.

In Georgia, Capote is accused of a brutal attack on a woman who was his girlfriend. He is also a person of interest in that woman’s July 2016 murder.

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Capote raped Jokisha Brown at gunpoint in front of her teen son in April 2016, according to Gwinnett County police. Capote told the boy not to call police or he would kill Brown, police said. Brown was then kidnapped and taken to a Cobb County hotel, where she was repeatedly raped and held at gunpoint. Police called it a “brutal and prolonged assault.”

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The next morning, as Capote drove Brown to a home in Perry, she escaped out of a car window, running to a parked car and asking for help, according to police. Warrants for rape, aggravated sexual assault, armed robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment were issued for Capote later that month.

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Three months later, Brown was shot and killed in her Mercedes SUV at a strip mall on Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta just a day before her 36th birthday. A man was seen running away from the scene, and police said it was a “very vicious murder” that looked “like a hit.”

“Whoever did this meant to kill her,” said Atlanta Police Department Maj. Adam Lee at the time. 
Capote was later identified as a person of interest. Police knew of his connections to Louisiana, reports say. 

Details of Capote’s extradition to Georgia have not yet been worked out, said Cindy Chadwick, a Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. Suspects with warrants in other jurisdictions tend to face the “more serious charges” first, but no decisions regarding where Capote would be prosecuted first have been made, Chadwick said.

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t anticipate that Capote would be tried on his Gwinnett County charges first, said Deputy Shannon Volkadov.

“We do have a hold on Capote, but he’ll have to face his Louisiana charges before he’s extradited, so I don’t anticipate him returning to Gwinnett anytime soon,” Volkadov said.

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Watch: Previous coverage of metro Atlanta police identifying Alfredo Capote as a person of interest in Jokita Brown’s murder:

The U.S. Marshals announced a reward for information on Alfredo Capote. (

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