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Monday, April 22, 2024

Man arrested in connection with January fire

South Carolina police arrested a man early Thursday morning who was wanted for questioning by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Robert A. Neville was wanted for questioning after a Jan. 31 fire at 1875 SW 35th Place in which his mother, 87-year-old Jessica Neville, died.

Neville, 54, was arrested in Mount Pleasant, S.C., in a hotel parking lot where he was not a registered guest, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Keith Faulk said.

Because of the suspicious circumstances, South Carolina police ran Neville's name through their computer and found an Alachua County Sheriff's Office warrant for his arrest for a probation violation.

Faulk said the warrant was issued after Neville violated the conditions of his probation by leaving Florida after the fire.

Neville was living with his mother at the time her house burned down. Investigators want Neville's help in filling in the timeline for events surrounding the fire, Faulk said.

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