Two men allegedly returned to an East Hall home with guns attempting to collect on a debt, according to testimony Friday in Magistrate Court.
Luis Alberto Roque, 31, and Jose Luis Ochoa-Paredes, 38, both of Gainesville appeared in court on multiple counts of aggravated assault, first-degree burglary and other charges.
Deputy Michael McClellan recalled the events around 12:30 a.m. July 14 on Joe Chandler Road. As deputies responded to multiple calls about shots fired, McClellan came into contact with a van leaving the scene and three people in the front yard.
“We gave several commands for anyone in the residence to come out,” McClellan said.
While speaking with witnesses, one person told the deputies Roque had showed up and told everyone who didn’t live at the residence to leave.
“Mr. Roque left, but as he was leaving, he said, ‘Don’t worry. I’ll be back. Everyone’s leaving tonight,’” McClellan said.
The two men were allegedly there to collect on a debt, according to authorities. Witnesses reported a shotgun round being fired in the air outside the residence, and the two men allegedly entered the home with guns.
One of the men was later found hiding behind a hot water heater, McClellan said.
Roque’s attorney raised several questions about who owned the residence. The deputy did not know.
Roque was charged with eight counts of aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, criminal trespass, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, reckless conduct and discharging a firearm near a public road.
Ochoa-Paredes was charged with seven counts of aggravated assault, first-degree burglary, criminal trespass, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and a misdemeanor obstruction of officer.
The case moved on to Superior Court.