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4 men charged after alleged robbery plan went sideways
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Authorities say four men were planning a robbery in Dawson County. One decided he wasn’t going to do it and drove home only to be followed by the other three. Authorities say he then shot one of the other men in front of his home. 

He and the other three then drove off in two cars and crashed. All four are now in jail.

The men David Rivera, 24, Randy Carl Smallwood, 54, Juan R. Fuentes-Contreras, 34, and Paul Matthew Gilleland, 28, all of Gainesville, are accused of conspiring to commit a robbery. 

They met Jan. 31 in a Gainesville parking lot before Rivera decided not to take part in the robbery and drove to his Barrett Rad home, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in a news release.

After the other men followed, some sort of confrontation happened between Smallwood and Rivera outside of the home, and Rivera allegedly shot Smallwood, Booth said.

Rivera left the house in his car, and the three other men drove off in a separate car.

“The two vehicles were involved in a collision a short distance from the residence. Rivera drove away, while the vehicle Smallwood was in overturned,” Booth wrote.

A 911 caller saw Smallwood on the side of the road, and the man was transported to the hospital for treatment. Smallwood was arrested that day after being released from the hospital, and he is also facing a charge of possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Fuentes-Contreras and Gilleland were originally charged Jan. 31 with possession of a sawed-off shotgun. 

Investigators took out warrants on Fuentes-Contreras, Gilleland and Smallwood Feb. 5 for conspiracy to commit armed robbery. 

Winder Police arrested Rivera Jan. 31 and he has remained in the Barrow County Detention Center. 

He is now facing charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless conduct.

All of the suspects except Rivera remain in the Hall County Jail. 

The case is still under investigation.