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West Hall home invasion suspects identified
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The Hall County Sheriff's Office charged five people, including two juveniles, with burglary in a home invasion in West Hall this morning.

The suspects were taken into custody after a police search that involved a K-9 unit and a Georgia State Patrol helicopter, sheriff's spokesman Col. Jeff Strickland said.

The sheriff's office was first alerted to the incident at 9:25 a.m., when a caller at a home in the 3600 block of Windy Hill Drive reported a "suspicious person in the yard" of the home.

"While the dispatcher was on the line, the (suspect) broke the sliding glass door and (entered) the residence," Strickland said. "The victim hid in the bathroom of the residence and stayed on the line with the 911 operator."

Upon arrival, deputies captured one of the suspects.

At 10:25 a.m., the K-9 unit was tracking the suspects through woods toward Free Chapel on McEver Road.

The state patrol helicopter "spotted the suspects and was able to direct deputies to them," Strickland said.

The remaining suspects were taken into custody behind the church.

In the meantime, deputies had recovered a small amount of jewelry "on the path from behind the residence where the suspects fled from," Strickland said.

David Olivas, 17, Aida Rodriguez, 18, and Arlet Ramirez, 17, all of Gainesville, were arrested along with a 14-year-old and 15-year-old, also of Gainesville, whose names were not released. 

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