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Authorities: 2 charged in home invasion were trying to collect on a debt
Jose Luis Ochoa-Paredes
Jose Luis Ochoa-Paredes

Two Gainesville men face multiple charges in an alleged home invasion in which the suspects were reportedly attempting to collect on a debt, according to authorities.

Luis Alberto Roque, 31, was charged with eight counts of aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, criminal trespass, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, reckless conduct and discharging a firearm near a public road, according to warrants.

Jose Luis Ochoa-Paredes, 38, was charged with seven counts of aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, criminal trespass, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and a misdemeanor obstruction of officer.

Both were being held Monday at the Hall County Jail without bond. They have committal hearings scheduled for Aug. 4.

The incident occurred shortly after 12:30 a.m. Friday on the 3000 block of Joe Chandler Road in East Hall, according to a statement from Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stephen Wilbanks. Wilbanks said deputies responded after someone inside the home called 911.

Deputies encountered a man outside the home with a shotgun. After the first suspect was arrested, deputies found a second armed suspect hiding inside, according to the statement from the sheriff’s office.

“The investigation revealed that the two suspects went to the residence allegedly to collect on a debt,” according to the sheriff’s office. “At some point during the initial stages of the encounter, one of the subjects fired a shotgun round outside of the residence, and both eventually gained access to the home, and allegedly pointed the gun at multiple adults in the home.”

Wilbanks said no other shots were fired in the incident after the shot was fired outside the home.

This case remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office, according to the statement.

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