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Missing teen back home; man charged
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Jesse Brian Quintanilla

A teenage girl is back home and a man connected to the case is in jail after turning himself in and being charged in a separate incident.

Authorities for months asked for help finding Jesse Brian Quintanilla, 18, of Flowery Branch, who was last seen on Sept. 11 and thought to be with Paige Gergely, 17, of Braselton.

Quintanilla turned himself in Monday, Jan. 28, to the Hall County Jail, where he was charged with misdemeanor interference with custody.

Deputies also served him an outstanding warrant in a separate case for allegedly puncturing a man’s ear during a basketball game. Quintanilla was charged with aggravated battery and booked Tuesday in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said Quintanilla was playing basketball Aug. 23 with others at the South Hall Community Center on JM Turk Road.

Quintanilla allegedly punched the victim in the ear “which caused severe bleeding and a puncture wound to his ear,” Ware wrote in a news release.

“The victim was later taken to the emergency room and treated for his injuries which required several stitches,” Ware wrote.

Quintanilla was last seen on Sept. 11 by his mother at their home. Gergely was also last seen around that time after her mother drove her to Lanier Technical College.

“(Gergely) and Mr. Quintanilla are acquainted with one another and she willingly left with him,” Ware wrote in a news release.

On Monday, Gergely was back with her mother.

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

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