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Investigator details armed robberies in court
Man charged in separate cases
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A Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigator told the court Thursday of two robberies occurring May 13, cases separated by a few miles in Gainesville.

David Rivera, 21, was charged with two counts of armed robbery.

Rivera was arrested May 20 in Jackson County, according to a statement released by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Rivera was arrested by Jackson County sheriff’s deputies after he was found just inside Jackson County on U.S. 129 later in the afternoon. He was immediately turned over to Hall County deputies, according to Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman 1st Lt. Chris Dale.

Rivera was arrested one day after the arrest of Jose Enrique Espinoza, 22, who is also facing two charges of armed robbery in the same case.

Investigator Matt Gaudio said the first robbery took place on Sailors Avenue, as the person was walking to a Texaco station.

Two men exited a truck from behind the victim and took a cellphone, wallet and $20, Gaudio said.

The two robberies occurred between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 13, Lt. Scott Ware, a spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, previously told The Times.

Another man at the Family Dollar on Atlanta Highway said he had $200, a cellphone, a wallet and flashlight taken from him behind the store.

The gun was described as a “black, military style” weapon, Gaudio said.

The case moved on to Superior Court.

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