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K9 locates fugitive hiding in box spring mattress

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Marques Antawn Purdy, 35, was arrested yesterday morning on four warrants after K9 Knight found him hiding inside a box spring mattress.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Bureau, a Task Force Officer with the U.S. Marshals Service, several warrants investigators, and a K9 unit all went to serve the warrants on Purdy at about 8:20 a.m. yesterday.

A woman answered the door after the investigators had knocked for about 5 minutes and said Purdy was not there. Deputies made multiple announcements through the open door, telling Purdy to surrender, but there was no response. They then announced that a K9 would be deployed, but there was still no answer.

During a search of the apartment, K9 Knight found Purdy hiding inside the frame of a queen-sized box spring mattress in a bedroom and apprehended him.

Purdy is being held on $509,000 bail on charges of failure to appear (2017); 2 counts of grand theft auto, 2 counts of violation of a domestic violence injunction, 2 counts of domestic battery by strangulation, 2 counts of kidnapping (2021); 2 counts of grand theft of a controlled substance, 2 counts of violation of a domestic violence injunction, 2 counts of burglary of an occupied dwelling, 2 counts of grand theft from a dwelling, 2 counts of damage to property (2021); 2 counts of aggravated stalking after injunction (2021); and resisting arrest without violence (2022).

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