• Police search for man wanted in violent attempted carjacking

    By: Justin Wilfon

    Updated:

    CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - Police are searching for a man accused in a violent attempted carjacking in Cherokee County.

    The incident happened Feb. 1 at The Heights at Towne Lake apartments in Woodstock.

    Surveillance photos show the suspect pointing a gun at the victims.

    Police identified the suspect as Kenneth Bethea Jr., 29.

    Police said Bethea fired a shot into the air and used the gun to bust the window of the victim’s car.

    He tried to get in the car, but the victims were able to drive off and get away, police said.

    “I think it’s crazy because I feel like this is actually a pretty safe neighborhood and so I feel like I haven’t felt worried or anything,” neighbor Riley Parscale said.

    Police issued a BOLO for Bethea, who they said is also wanted on other charges elsewhere.

    They said he may have known one of the carjacking victims and possibly chose them for a reason.

    Residents said they aren’t taking any chances with the suspect still on the run.

    “I know now to look out and keep my doors locked and keep my car in the garage,” neighbor Kimberley Thomas said.

    Police said Bethea should be considered armed and dangerous.

    If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Woodstock police at 770-592-6030.

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