A Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigator said a woman’s hand was severely cut while struggling with an armed robbery suspect.
Miguel Robles-Fernandez, 26, of Gainesville, is charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, kidnapping and armed robbery from an alleged incident on Feb. 29.
Investigator Tom Wilson said he met with a 28-year-old victim at Northeast Georgia Medical Center who was “getting her hand stitched up by the ER doctor.”
The woman told Wilson she was coming home around midnight Feb. 29 at her Tracy Lane residence in Oakwood.
“Someone came from the side of the house, approached her, grabbed her arms and her hair and dragged her toward the side of the house in an attempt to get her toward the backyard,” Wilson said.
Wilson said the woman struggled with the suspect and attempted to take the knife away.
One of her fingers was severely cut, Wilson said, as she screamed for help.
“Her 4-year-old child had opened the door to the house,” he said. “(The victim) stated that Miguel then took the knife and her cellphone and fled the scene.”
Wilson said the victim recognized the suspect as Robles-Fernandez because she had previously worked with his family members.
The woman also told authorities she had in weeks prior to the incident received Facebook messages from an unknown person using an alias.
“Through the messages, this unknown person at the time was asking for sexual favors,” Wilson said.
In his interview with authorities, Robles-Fernandez denied the assault but admitted to the social media contact, Wilson said.
Robles-Fernandez also faced a charge of violating the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act for connections to BOE23. Investigator Paul House from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office testified about the gang, with which Robles-Fernandez claimed he is no longer associated with it.
“You don’t get out. It’s for life,” House said
Defense attorney Larry Duttweiler argued whether there could be a disassociation from the gang within the eyes of the law.
The case was moved on to Superior Court.