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Taco Bell robbery suspect faces charges in another case

POSTED: December 6, 2013 12:08 a.m.

A man accused of armed robbery in the parking lot of a Gainesville restaurant has been charged with additional, unrelated offenses.

Brian Dwayne Ferguson also has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in commission of a crime and terroristic threats, according to a news release Thursday from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Those charges stem from a Nov. 18 assault call at a home in the 7500 block of Persimmon Tree Road in Lula.

The resident told officers that Ferguson accused him of stealing a firearm that Ferguson claimed was his. The resident reported that Ferguson demanded money for the firearm and that Ferguson threatened to shoot the resident’s house if he did not comply, the release stated.

An investigation followed and Ferguson was charged.

Ferguson was one of two people charged in the Nov. 14 robbery incident at the Taco Bell on Browns Bridge Road.
In that incident, Ferguson, 27, was charged with two counts of armed robbery, one felony count of theft by taking and one misdemeanor count of obstruction of an officer. Mandy Leann Howard, 34, was charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of providing false statements.

The victims were robbed in their vehicle in the restaurant parking lot by a man with a weapon who demanded money and other valuables, then fled.

The sheriff’s office was able to gather information from surveillance video footage taken by nearby businesses and witness interviews.

Ferguson and Howard were arrested Nov. 21 and charged in the incident. Ferguson is set for a probable cause hearing today on those charges in Hall Magistrate Court.

Both remain in the Hall County Jail without bond.


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