Police arrest College Park man in alleged kidnapping, assault

JONESBORO —A College Park man is being held in the Clayton County Jail without bond on charges he kidnapped and assaulted his girlfriend with a handgun, according to jail records.

Officer Charlene Watson-Fraser said Friday afternoon that police were looking for Michael Lete Nesmith Jr., 26, in connection with the alleged incident. Watson-Fraser said police responded about 8 p.m. Thursday to Shell Gas Station on Ga. 85 in Riverdale and met with a woman who told them her boyfriend, Nesmith, had attacked her.

The woman told police that he hit her several times with a .45-caliber handgun and fired the weapon near her head out of the vehicle window as they traveled southbound on I-75, said Watson-Fraser. The woman reportedly tried to get out of the vehicle but Nesmith forced her back inside, police said.

She was able to escape when they stopped at Shell, said Watson-Fraser.

The woman gave police Nesmith’s description and an address on Peartree Lane in Riverdale where she thought he might be. Watson-Fraser said Clayton County police officers couldn’t get Nesmith to the door so the SWAT team was called.

“To ensure the safety of the residents, Clayton County Police Department’s SWAT team made entry into the location but were unable to locate the suspect,” she said.

Police found Nesmith late Friday evening and arrested him, according to jail records. He is charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, terroristic threats or acts and battery under the Family Violence Act.

He is due to make a first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court Saturday at 9 a.m.