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Suspect arrested in Worth County kidnapping

Buddy James Forrester

Buddy James Forrester

SYLVESTER, Ga. — A convicted felon who was on the run following a Monday-afternoon incident involving a teenage girl and her mother that took place in Worth County was caught Tuesday morning by a Virginia state police officers, Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby said.

Hobby said that Buddy James Forrester, 34, was arrested near Chesapeake Bay, Va., and that authorities were in the process of getting him back to Worth County Tuesday afternoon.

Multiple law enforcement vehicles were seen outside a residence on Sumner Road South in Worth County around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. Mark Pro, assistant special agent in charge for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation office in Sylvester, said that Forrester had been “messing with” a 15-year-old girl and was holding the mother and the girl in the home.

Both of the victims freed themselves, and Forrester fled. Pro said warrants had been taken for Forrester’s arrest on charges of kidnapping and sodomy.

Authorities had warned that Forrester could have been armed. Pro said he had ties to the north Georgia area and in Delaware. Surrounding states had been notified of the incident, Pro added.

Records from the Georgia Department of Corrections show that Forrester was convicted in Clarke County on charges of burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and that he was in jail from Oct. 24, 2007 through March 10, 2010.