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Man arrested for moped theft, fleeing from officers

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Derrick Joshua Rosenberry, 36, was arrested early this morning and charged with stealing a moped after he fled a traffic stop.

Rosenberry was reportedly pulled over at 100 NE 20th Street while driving a moped for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. While two Gainesville Police Department officers were out of their car, speaking with him, he reportedly told them he did not have a driver’s license and drove away.

Rosenberry was located at his nearby residence a short time later. When officers tried to arrest him, he allegedly tried to break free and had to be taken to the ground.

Officers determined that the moped was not registered in Rosenberry’s name; they contacted the registered owner, who had not known that the moped was missing but said nobody else was authorized to possess or drive it. The moped reportedly had a modified ignition, and there was no way of turning it off. There was also a UF student sticker on the moped.

Post Miranda, Rosenberry reportedly said he bought the moped from a homeless person for $200 and did not know it was stolen; he admitted to fleeing but said he just wanted to get to his residence.

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Rosenberry has been charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing police, and resisting arrest without violence. Rosenberry has criminal convictions in other states, and he had two active out-of-state warrants when he was arrested here in 2019 (those charges were later dropped because the victim did not wish to prosecute). He is being held on $42,500 bond.

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.Β 

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