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State Patrol: Armed and dangerous man on the loose
Officers find body armor, bullets in suspects car
Ryan Van Hovey

A man authorities believe to be armed and dangerous was still on the loose late Thursday possibly in the north Hall or south Habersham area, according to an official with the Georgia State Patrol.

Capt. Mark Perry said authorities are on the lookout for Ryan Van Hovey, 28, of Buford. At about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Perry said, “a trooper tried to stop a white Infiniti on Ga. 365 northbound. The subject crossed over the median, going north in the southbound lane, and then turned onto an unfinished road.”

Perry was unsure Thursday as to the nature of the attempted traffic stop.

Perry said Van Hovey “drove until his car couldn’t go any further due to muddy conditions. (The suspect) got out of his car, and the trooper pursued on foot, meanwhile help was on the way from Habersham and Hall County police officers who set up a perimeter.”

Authorities searched his car and found ammunition, drugs and body armor.

“You don’t typically see body armor,” Perry said. “That led us to believe he is armed and dangerous.”

According to Sgt. Anthony Coleman with Georgia State Patrol, Van Hovey has warrants for his arrest in Gwinnett County for armed robbery and drug possession — both felony charges — and in DeKalb County for failure to appear in court for other felony charges.

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