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Lake City carjacking suspect arrested in Gainesville

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Marquise Taiwan Rollins, 33, of Lake City, has been arrested and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and driving without a valid license after an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy’s license plate reader detected a vehicle that had been stolen in Lake City.

The Lake City Police told the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office that the victim had seen a woman walking down a road at about 2:30 a.m. and asked her if she needed a ride. When she got in the vehicle, she began texting someone and then asked the victim to pull into a parking lot. While there, she got out of the vehicle, and the victim also got out to go to the bathroom. The victim said that two men came up behind him in the bathroom, pushed him to the ground, and stole his vehicle.

After the deputy saw the vehicle, he followed it to the Haile Publix and coordinated with other deputies to arrest the driver, later identified as Rollins, when he got out of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle reportedly found 3 grams of marijuana.

Post Miranda, Rollins reportedly admitted to possessing marijuana and driving without a valid license, but he was adamant that he did not steal the vehicle and was friendly with the vehicle’s owner. He is being held on $10,000 bail.

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. 

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