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Victim, neighbors react to Evans Co. fugitive's capture

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Gordon Colson got his car back five days after it was stolen and two days after it led lawmen on a three county chase. The jewelry repairman told police that one of his customers, Brian Dismukes, 35, attacked him and stole guns along with his car Wednesday. He didn't expect to get the car back in one piece.

"I figured he would wreck it into the woods," Colson said.

He was grateful that sheriff's deputies from three counties and a Georgia State Patrol SWAT team captured Dismukes after he hid in a 1,000 acre forest after the high speed chase. Evans County sheriff Randall Tippins told WTOC Dismuke drove "like a wild man", often at 120 mph and nearly struck several officers including Tippins himself.

The search Saturday night and Sunday morning put neighbors on Kennedy Bridge Road on high alert. More than fifty law officers set a perimeter around the woodlands to block Dismukes escape. The SWAT team ventured into the forest a dawn, with a helicopter watching from above. Within two hours, they'd cornered him in an empty hunting cabin. After nearly two hours of negotiations, they used tear gas to force him to surrender.

Toombs County authorities believe Dismukes burglarized a house there just hours before the chase. They found stolen property from that house inside the car stolen from Colson.

The capture also puts Kennedy Bridge neighbors at ease after tense hours outside their homes.

"I'm glad it's over. I'm glad he's behind bars. Hopefully, he stays there a long time," said Karen Dean, who lives next door to the building where he was caught.

Dismuke now awaits a psychological evaluation and a first appearance hearing in Magistrate Court, but remains in the Evans County jail.

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