A Flowery Branch man faces more than 20 charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary dating back to two incidents in February after his arrest Monday following a foot pursuit in which he fled authorities after they attempted to arrest him.
Caleb Gary Mealor, 27, was being held Tuesday at the Hall County Jail without bond. He has a committal hearing scheduled for Aug. 4.
He was charged in connection with an incident Feb. 26 in which he is accused of entering a home on the 1000 block of East Ridge Road occupied by a man and a woman, according to Lt. Scott Ware, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. Ware said the victims and Mealor knew each other.
Mealor is accused of beating the 50-year-old man with a handgun, causing cuts to the victim’s head and a fractured forearm. He is also accused of stealing the woman’s 2006 Volkswagen Passat from the home along with a laptop computer, cellphone, a wallet and debit card, according to Ware.
Mealor is also charged in a separate and unrelated incident that occurred Feb. 24 when Mealor is accused of using someone else’s Visa credit card to purchase gas and food from a store in Hall County. Ware said authorities do not believe Mealor stole that card, but that he was given the card by another person who did not have the authority to have it. Ware said deputies do not believe Mealor knew the victim in that case.
When approached by deputies from the warrants office Monday near Chicopee Village, Mealor attempted to run away and allegedly discarded methamphetamine and heroin on a sidewalk as he ran. He also allegedly got rid of a semi-automatic pistol in a wooded area as he continued to flee. Deputies caught up with Mealor and arrested him, according to warrants.
Mealor was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, first-degree burglary, two counts of obstruction, false information to an officer, four counts of theft by taking, two counts of theft by deception, forgery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, transaction card fraud, possession of a drug object, possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, criminal trespass and abandonment of a dangerous drug, according to a statement released by Ware.
The case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.