‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect on the run after 2 killed, teen injured in Forsyth County shooting

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A manhunt is underway for an armed and dangerous man who deputies said shot three people at a home in Forsyth County early Thursday morning, killing two of them.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home off Tidwell Circle around 5 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, deputies found three people shot.

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Two men died from their gunshot wounds. A teenage boy also had injuries that were not life threatening.

The men who were killed have been identified as Geovani Cruz, 21, and his cousin, Ivan Cordero, 35. It’s unclear if they were related. Family members told Channel 2 Action News that at least one of the victims lived at the home.

Deputies have already identified the suspect as Juan Escalante-Alarcon, 34, of Norcross. Escalante-Alarcon should be considered armed and dangerous.

The sheriff’s office said that deputies have been looking for Escalante-Alarcon since Feb. 11 when he first attempted a home invasion at the same house.


“We had several extra patrols in the area. Unfortunately, he came and did what he wanted to do in February. Anyone who has any information about him, they need to call us right away,” public information officer Stacie Miller said.

Miller said Escalante-Alarcon knew the victims and this is not a random act.

Channel 2′s Michael Seiden was at the scene, where family members stood outside the home, hugging and crying.

“We were working and we didn’t know where he was,” a man outside the home said.

“They killed my son,” one man said. “I don’t know anything else.”

A spokeswoman for Forsyth County said Escalante-Alarcon has already been deported from the U.S. twice.

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He is wanted on charges of home invasion, aggravated assault and cruelty to children.

Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is urged to call the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at 770-781-3087 or 911.


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