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Gainesville man charged with armed robbery

A Gainesville man was being held without bond Friday afternoon in connection with two armed robberies in Hall County a week ago.

Jose Enrique Espinoza, 22, was charged with two counts of armed robbery and one Superior Court probation warrant, according to a statement released by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Warrants for Espinoza’s arrest were obtained Thursday and he was arrested without incident on Pond Fork Place, according to the statement.

Espinoza was charged in connection with two armed robberies that were reported between 9-10 p.m. May 13, according to Scott Ware, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

One was reported on the 400 block of Atlanta Highway, in which the statement alleges Espinoza robbed a person at gunpoint, taking a cellphone, flashlight and cash. A second robbery was reported on the 2200 Block of Sailor’s Avenue. Espinoza allegedly also used a gun in that robbery taking a wallet and cellphone. There were no injuries reported in either robbery.

The probation warrant for Espinoza’s arrest dates back to April 13. His original charge was possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

This case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

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