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Armed and dangerous man arrested in robbery case
Gwinnett Police report man carried 2 guns in hand, 2 more in waistband during robbery
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Ryan Van Hovey

After an extensive manhunt, area authorities have captured a Buford man they called “armed and dangerous” after they tried to pull him over last week on Ga. 365 northbound.

Ryan Van Hovey, 28, was wanted in Gwinnett County on armed robbery charges that stem from a May 19 incident at the Jameson Inn on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.

A Gwinnett County Police report says a motel guest was entering his room when a stranger confronted him, holding a gun in each hand and carrying two more guns in the front waistband of his jeans.

After an extensive manhunt, area authorities have captured a Buford man they called “armed and dangerous” after they tried to pull him over last week on Ga. 365 northbound.

Ryan Van Hovey, 28, was wanted in Gwinnett County on armed robbery charges that stem from a May 19 incident at the Jameson Inn on Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth.

A Gwinnett County Police report says a motel guest was entering his room when a stranger confronted him, holding a gun in each hand and carrying two more guns in the front waistband of his jeans.

The man then told the guest to lie on the bed in the room, telling him “not to do anything stupid” and taking $1,200 from him, the report states.

Georgia State Patrol arrested him at 1:46 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn off Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, near Interstate 85, in Suwanee, Sgt. Anthony Coleman said.

Van Hovey had a semiautomatic pistol, extra magazines and methamphetamine at the time of his arrest, Coleman said.

“Those will result in additional charges,” he said.

Van Hovey was also wanted in Gwinnett on drug possession charges and in DeKalb County for failure to appear in court for other felony charges, Coleman has said.

Authorities had been searching for Van Hovey since July 15, when a trooper tried to pull him over on Ga. 365 northbound. A long pursuit ended with the trooper running after him, the state patrol has said.

Habersham and Hall County law enforcement was called in to help in the capture.

“We have been following up on leads ever since this thing started,” Coleman said. “We were able to work the leads down and find him at (the Red Roof Inn),” where Van Hovey may have been staying.

“We spent a lot of hours, a lot of time working with other agencies to luckily get him captured,” Coleman said.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and Gwinnett County Police helped the state patrol in the capture.

Van Hovey is in the Gwinnett County Jail.

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