BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Ephrain Algernon Nelson, 34, was arrested Saturday night and charged with grand theft of a vehicle and resisting arrest without violence.
The victim told a Gainesville Police Department officer that her vehicle was stolen from Campus Walk Apartments and then returned by Nelson. The officer reported that when he arrived, he saw Nelson leaving the parking lot from which the vehicle was stolen and returned. After confirming with the victim that Nelson was the alleged thief, the officer made contact with Nelson; after the officer commanded Nelson to stop, he allegedly ran but was detained.
Post Miranda, Nelson reportedly said he was under the influence of “molly” and recalled being in the vehicle. He reportedly apologized for stealing the vehicle and for running away.
Nelson has 13 felony convictions and is on probation from a 2020 case in which he was convicted of fraudulently using credit cards from a wallet he found. He is being held without bail because of the probation violation.
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