Update: victim says suspects took over his apartment to sell drugs and forced him to take drugs


See December 9 update below

Nathail Eugene Harrington, Jr., 28, and Antonio Quitrial Howard, 31, were arrested early this morning and charged with false imprisonment, simple battery, and auto theft.

According to the arrest reports, shortly after midnight on Wednesday, December 8, the two visited the victim at his apartment at College View Apartments, in the 1100 block of NW 3rd Avenue. Harrington had allegedly given the victim drugs on credit and demanded payment at the time of the incident. The victim could not pay, so Harrington allegedly began to strike the victim and demand that he log into his bank account on his cell phone.

The victim had trouble logging in, and Harrington allegedly hit him every time he failed. The victim finally was able to log into his account, but it only showed a balance of $1.00. Harrington then allegedly told Howard to steal the keys to the victim’s van and open its side door. Harrington allegedly forced the victim toward the van’s open door, telling the victim he would take him to an unknown location and kill him.

The victim was able to get loose and ran to a nearby gas station, where the clerk called 911. The van was pulled over a short time later in the 2700 block of SW 13th Street, and Howard and Harrington allegedly fled on foot and were taken into custody about a block away.

Post Miranda, Harrington and Howard both admitted to driving or riding in the van, but they denied beating and imprisoning the victim.

Harrington is being held on $75,000 bail, and Howard is being held on $65,000 bail.

December 9 update: The victim contacted Alachua Chronicle and told us that the part of the arrest report that says he purchased drugs on credit is incorrect. According to the victim, he had offered to fix a car for Harrington, who brought the car to his apartment about a day and a half before the reported incident. The car needed to cool for an hour and a half before doing the repair, so Harrington came up to the apartment to wait. Over the next day and a half, Harrington allegedly took over the apartment to sell drugs and forced the victim to take drugs. The victim had recently lost his phone, so when Harrington asked him for money, he had to try to log in on Harrington’s phone. The bank sent confirmation texts to the lost phone, and Harrington allegedly beat the victim every time the login failed. The victim told us he intends to file a complaint with Gainesville Police Department about the incorrect report; this is a developing story.

  • I KNOW! I KNOW! That’s 13 of 14…but who’s counting?

    At least of the “alleged” appears to have a criminal past by the look of the ink he’s wearing. The other could probably be of relation to Hayes-Santos because he looks to be of the same ethnic minority. Maybe Poe & Co and help his brother out.

    • This is an equity thing…more social justice murals
      May help, you know GNV has award winning ones…

  • More low life scumbags. Throw them in jail and get them off the streets where they will terrorize others. They will continue to be up to no good. They are parasites on society.

    • You know these guys are in sec 8 housing…jail
      Is public housing too…maybe mandatory drug testing
      For everyone in public housing and everyone who
      Gets food stamps or a government check will work.

      • Yes. Test positive for illicit drugs when you get your
        Covid test and no gov check for you…bring it Brandon!! Brandon wants gov mandate for free Covid testing…kill 2 birds with one stone.

  • “Harrington allegedly took over the apartment to sell drugs and forced the victim to take drugs.”
    Man doncha just hate it when people come to your place and force you to take drugs?

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