Man arrested for robbing payday loan store


Nathaniel Zarren Davis, 24, was arrested yesterday and charged with robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to a sworn complaint filed yesterday, Davis was identified as the suspect in a robbery at Fast Payday Loans (4053 NW 13th Street) on December 2, 2021. The victim reported that she saw him walking to the front door of the business when she arrived to open up on that morning, and she asked him to wait outside while she prepared to open. Once she was ready, she let him come in and said that he handed her a plastic bag, pointed a gun at her, and said, “All of it.” She said that after she emptied the cash register into the bag, he said, “I know you have more in the back,” and he followed her to the back, where she gave him the remainder of the money from a cabinet. She said he stole approximately $4,525 in cash and $1,595 in money orders while holding her at gunpoint.

Gainesville Police Department officers received information that two of the stolen money orders were cashed on December 6, 2021, made payable to Nathaniel Davis. They found a Nathaniel Davis who matched the description of the man who cashed the money orders and checked that his driver’s license signature matched the signature on the money orders. Davis was also identified by the victim in a photo line-up, and a phone number found for him in law enforcement databases was traced to the location of the robbery on the morning it happened.

Davis is being held on $650,000 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. 

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