Homeless man arrested for stealing car from man who gave him a job

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Antoine J. Hill, 29, was arrested yesterday on a warrant for grand theft, grand theft of an automobile, and fraudulent use of debit cards after allegedly stealing a car from a man who gave him a job. He also had an active warrant for domestic violence.

On May 11, the victim tried to help Hill by letting him wash dishes at the Best Western Gateway Grand. After working for about an hour and a half, Hill reportedly asked for a break, and the victim let him sit in his car. The victim had left his keys in the car, and Hill allegedly drove away in the car and did not return until later in the evening in spite of texts and phone calls from the victim.

The victim was also notified by his bank that a fraudulent charge of $30 was made on his debit card; Hill reportedly admitted that he found the victim’s temporary debit card in the car and used it to get gas. After driving the car around for several hours, Hill reportedly returned the car.

Later in the evening, the victim reportedly received notifications showing more fraudulent activity on the debit card, including a transfer of $350 to Hill’s CashApp account and other CashApp transfers to other accounts.

Hill also had an active warrant for a November 2022 domestic violence incident. Charges in a sworn complaint for a January 2023 domestic violence incident were dropped a few weeks after it was filed.

Hill, a designated Career Offender whose listed address is GRACE Marketplace, has a juvenile criminal history that spread over nine years, four felony convictions (none violent), and two misdemeanor convictions (none violent). He has served two state prison sentences, with his most recent release in November 2021. Judge Tatum Davis set bail at $152,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Proving once again why I NEVER. HELP. BUMS. THEY. ARE. BUMS. FOR. A. REASON.

  • Pretty bad business practices by the Best Western Gateway Grand…is this common for them to take in people off the street and ‘help them out’ by having them wash dishes for cash under the table?! This thug was brought in and placed around all of these other employees and God knows who he was or what he had done in life. This needs to be looked into and someone oughta be fired, for sure. Maybe multiple people.

    • And think of the hotel guests! But really, the hotel TRIED to comply with hiring a citizen, not an illegal migrant. Don’t give up, yet.

        • Yea, ok. People do not listen to this man. Never ever leave your tools unlocked around anyone especially them and this kind of gentleman in the article. They will rob you blind and say you deserve it because you’re White. The illegals at my job take anything not nailed down.

          Even from a naive young kid that believes the honest immigrant neo liberal garbage fed to him by the left and the right. Popped his tool box after a week off and took everything. They were helped by their fellow south american that had befriended him for months. The only loyalty they have is to their own. It’s time you start acting the same way.

          • Media doesn’t like comments that refer to one person as part of a community, even when that community disproportionately meets the profile. I would love to see one of the Grace supporters show its positive results, compared to its continuing, daily negative criminal activity.

  • Why has our esteemed, learned college town full of earnest NGOs failed this young man? 🧐🤔🤑🤡👹🍦🍦🍦🍦D

  • This person is a scumbag loser destined for in and out jail cells the rest of his life.

  • So where are the “Karen’s” who continue to feel sorry for people like this guy?
    Get out your checkbook because here’s another deduction from your hard EARNED tax dollars.

  • Come on where is the common sense. why he couldn’t sit in a break area or outside, but my car Smh that’s off limits unless I was in there as well. If he’s Already homeless you know first hand to watch them, I hate to say it.

    • He probably should have had to work longer than 90 minutes before getting a break. And then he should have stood out back or sat on the ground and smoked his cigarette or whatever. It sounds like the manager had eyes for him or something. At least the guy didn’t go to his residence and steal some stuff; that can be his defense here in Gangsville.

  • So that’s why Ward and Poe don’t hire those they invited to watch their kids.

    Just another day in the “do as I say, not as I do” kingdom.

  • “Career offender….juvenile criminal history spread over 9 years….two state prison sentences”
    Would YOU hire this crime in the making???

  • I have got to ask this. Is grace marketplace city or state funded? The reason is that I would think the city or state would assume a high liability allowing career offenders or violent felons to use or reside at the facility. There is a huge difference in being homeless even by choice vs being a career criminal. This idiot has to be arrested X amount of times plus convicted to earn a career offender status. Hence he probably doesnt need to walk the streets anyway.

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