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Second man charged in pair of armed robberies
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A second man wanted in connection with two armed robberies May 13 was arrested Saturday afternoon after fleeing law enforcement in a vehicle and later on foot in a pursuit that included Hall and Jackson county sheriff’s deputies and the Georgia State Patrol.

David Rivera, 21, was charged with two counts of armed robbery. He was being held without bond Monday in the Hall County Jail.

Rivera was arrested Saturday afternoon in Jackson County, according to a statement released by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. The statement said deputies received information that Rivera was in a Chevrolet Suburban near Harmony Church Road. After finding the vehicle, officers attempted to stop it.

Instead, the vehicle led law enforcement on a pursuit that ended in Talmo. Two people in the vehicle were taken into custody, but Rivera got away on foot, according to the statement. Sgt. Anthony Coleman of the state patrol said the driver, Effrain Romero of Gainesville, was charged with multiple traffic violations.

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.

The two robberies allegedly occurred between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 13, Lt. Scott Ware, a spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, said last week.

One was reported in the 400 block of Atlanta Highway, in which the statement alleges a man was robbed at gunpoint and a cellphone, flashlight and cash were taken. The second robbery was reported in the 2200 block of Sailors Avenue. Warrants allege a gun was also used in that robbery in which a wallet and cellphone were taken. No injuries were reported in either robbery.

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

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