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Authorities: Armed robbery followed drug deal
Alleged carjacking in Gainesville led to vehicle found in College Park
Eric Crawford enters Hall County Magistrate Court on Monday morning for a committal hearing after being accused of holding two men at gunpoint and carjacking. Crawford was arrested and charged with armed robbery for an alleged July 5 carjacking. The incident allegedly took place in the 1000 block of Norton Drive in Gainesville.

A man told police that the College Park man sitting behind him in his 1994 Buick Century put a gun to his head and told him to get out, an investigator testified Monday morning.

Eric Socoree Crawford, 23, was arrested and charged with armed robbery, theft by taking and possession of a gun by a convicted felon. He faced those charges Monday in Magistrate Court in alleged connection to a July 5 carjacking on Norton Drive in Gainesville.

Gainesville Police Investigator Gordon Hendry testified he was assigned the case and heard of the allegedly stolen vehicle appearing in College Park. Hendry and fellow police analyzed the car for fingerprints while meeting with the car’s owner, Matthew Swanson.

“He said during a drug transaction, a pistol was put to the back of his head by a black male with short dreads,” Hendry said.

Hendry said Swanson was sitting in the driver’s seat, while Crawford sat behind him July 5. Another man, Thaddeaus Jackson, sat next to Crawford, Hendry said.

Using a revolver, Crawford is accused of taking a cellphone, wallet, money and other items while ordering the men out of the car, the investigator said.

The Buick was spotted by College Park Police days later.

“They saw a car parked on the side of the road,” Hendry said. “The keys were in it. They checked it and it came back stolen from Gainesville.”

Crawford is accused of another crime in the College Park area, Gainesville Police said, which caused the man to be incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail.

Crawford was later extradited and moved to the Hall County Jail on Sept. 1.

The case was moved to Superior Court.

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