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Case against robbery suspect goes to Superior Court
Man accused in purse snatchings
0205John Glean
John Glean

Charges against a Gainesville man accused of using pepper-spray in an attempted robbery and later snatching another woman’s purse were forwarded Monday to Hall Superior Court.

John Albert Glean, 30, appeared before Hall County Magistrate Tracy Loggins for a preliminary hearing on charges of robbery by sudden snatching, attempted armed robbery, battery and aggravated assault.

Gainesville police detective Gordon Hendry testified that a woman was struck, then pepper-sprayed in the face during a Jan. 26 attack outside the Subway restaurant off Shallowford Road.

“She was bruised up and couldn’t see for an hour,” Hendry said.

About an hour and a half later, a man approached a woman filling up her car with gas at a convenience store off Limestone Parkway and Clarks Bridge Road.

He asked her for money for gas. As she reached inside her purse for money, the man grabbed the purse and left.

A witness was able to get the car tag number of the suspect and report it to police, who found the car belonged to Glean, Hendry said.

Police also learned the pepper-spray victim had cashed a check inside Walmart off Shallowford Road and that video showed a man later identified as Glean following her out of the store.

After leaving Walmart, the woman headed for the Subway, Hendry said.

The purse-snatching victim also was able to later identify her robber as Glean from a photographic lineup, the detective said.

Police later arrested Glean at his house. Hendry said that Glean’s wife identified the contents of the purse as belonging to one of the victims.

Glean, represented by Dahlonega lawyer Jeffrey L. Wolff, has denied the charges.

He is being held without bond at the Hall County Jail.

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