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Chokehold robbery case moves on to Superior Court
Accused chooses to act as own attorney
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A Gainesville Police investigator testified Friday about a man almost blacking out when allegedly choked during a robbery.

Marquis Mantez Thomas, 27, of Gainesville, faced charges of aggravated assault and robbery by force in Magistrate Court. Thomas decided to go through the hearing without an attorney.

Investigator Brad Raper said Thomas initially asked the alleged victim in the case for money. Police said the victim was approached around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and was struck with a closed fist.

Raper said the victim was put into a chokehold and began “blacking out, almost passing out” as the suspect asked for the rest of his money. According to the warrant, Thomas allegedly took $340 from the victim.

Through his investigation, Raper dialed a phone number connected to Thomas. According to Raper’s testimony, the Gainesville man admitted being in the area but denied any type of fight.

Raper said Thomas did not appear for a scheduled meeting.

When given the chance to represent himself, Thomas asked Raper one question on the initial request for money.

The case moved on to Superior Court.

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