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5 charged in armed robbery
Suspects accused of stealing cash, personal items
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Gainesville police officers arrested and charged five suspects following an armed robbery late Thursday night.

Each of the suspects was charged with one count of armed robbery and two counts of theft by receiving stolen firearm.

The suspects include Tony Thanh Ly, 18, David Lee Duong, 20, Tony Duong, 18, Anthony To, 17, all from Flowery Branch, as well as Steven Ho, 17, of Sugar Hill.

Around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, officers from the Gainesville Police Department responded to a call of an armed robbery in the 2100 block of Westhaven Drive.

"(The suspects) did follow the subject possibly from the Gwinnett area to his residence at which point they committed the armed robbery," said Kevin Holbrook, public information officer for the Gainesville Police Department.

The police report states the victim arrived at his home on Westhaven Drive and was approached by someone whose face was concealed and had a gun drawn.

The suspects are accused of stealing an undisclosed amount of cash as well as personal items including the victim's cell phone and wallet. They then drove off in a red Honda Civic, police said.

Holbrook said the victim and the suspects are "known acquaintances."

"We know that it wasn't a random crime and that the subject was specifically targeted," he said.

Following the incident, officers from the Hall County Sheriff's Office and the Oakwood Police Department pulled the suspects over on Atlanta Highway without incident and arrested them.

The officers recovered the stolen items, as well as two stolen firearms, police said.

Holbrook said it is unknown at this point whether the suspects are involved in a gang.

They are being held in the Hall County Jail.

 

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