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Charges pile up for 18-year-old accused of Gainesville armed robbery
Jacob Aviles
Jacob Aviles

Gainesville Police added more charges against an 18-year-old Gainesville man accused of the Jan. 8 armed robbery at King Food Mart on Athens Street.

Police announced the arrest of Jacob Aviles Jan. 16. Aviles was initially charged with armed robbery by Gainesville, and later Oakwood police charged him with theft of a vehicle and entering an auto.

Gainesville Police have now added five more charges in connection with the Jan. 8 robbery, including aggravated assault, misdemeanor theft by taking, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, felony theft by receiving and misdemeanor driving while license suspended/revoked.

Police previously told The Times a man wearing a ski mask and all black clothing showed the food mart clerk a gun and demanded money. The suspect was handed $150, and he left the store in a black Toyota Highlander SUV.

“Gainesville officers reviewed surveillance footage to get better descriptions of the suspect and suspect vehicle. The license plate of a black Toyota Highlander was partially identifiable in the video and officers quickly provided vehicle descriptions over the radio to local law enforcement,” according to Gainesville Police.

The SUV was found unoccupied off of Patterson Drive. Oakwood Police Investigator Todd Templeton said that car was reported stolen Jan. 2 from a Prestwick Drive address.

The felony theft by receiving charge concerns the Toyota Highlander.

Templeton said officers obtained surveillance video footage from a neighbor “that depicted two suspects entering other vehicles just before the vehicle was stolen.”

Police also served a search warrant Jan. 15 off Travis Drive in Gainesville. Cpl. Jessica Van said evidence recovered during the search led to Aviles’ arrest, and Templeton said it “linked to numerous area theft cases (and) stolen autos.”

Gainesville Police, working with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Oakwood Police, have recovered three additional stolen vehicles, a large amount of electronics and two handguns.

Gainesville Police also charged Aviles with entering auto and felony theft by taking in an incident in which a laptop was allegedly taken between 10 p.m. Jan. 1 and midnight Jan. 2 on Wood Point Way, according to the warrant.

Aviles was also charged with felony theft by taking from an incident Dec. 9 on Myrtle Street, where police said a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze was taken.

Oakwood Police charged Aviles with theft of the vehicle and another instance of entering auto at a nearby residence on Prestwick Drive, Templeton said.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to a request from The Times regarding updated charges against Aviles.

Defense attorney Matt Leipold declined to comment.