State attorney files motion to keep carjacking suspect, 18, in jail

Ernest Nobles facing new charges

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The State Attorney's Office filed a motion to keep an Orange County carjacking suspect behind bars after a judge granted him bond on new carjacking charges, News 6 learned Friday.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office filed an additional carjacking and robbery charge against Ernest Nobles, 18, on Thursday.

Nobles was arrested after authorities said he carjacked a woman Tuesday on Point Cypress Drive near South Apopka Vineland and Sand Lake roads. 

The new charges stem from a third carjacking that happened on Nov. 24 near Edgewood Ranch Road and Bridgestone Drive. 

Deputies said there was a similar pattern in all three carjackings: Nobles allegedly rear-ended the victims' vehicles. When they got out to check the damage, they said the suspect threw them to the ground and drove off.

News 6 spoke to family members of the victim in the Nov. 24 carjacking, who said she had to go to the hospital for her injuries and is still in pain. 

Deputies have tied Nobles to three violent carjackings in November.

The first happened Nov. 14 on Conroy-Windermere Road. Authorities said he was caught in Volusia County driving the stolen vehicle and was arrested.

Nobles posted bond in Volusia County, and a week later, the second carjacking took place on Black Friday. Deputies connected him to a third carjacking that took place Nov. 28 on Cypress Point Drive, where he was later arrested.

In the latest arrest report, the deputy wrote Nobles "has continued to be a violence nuisance to the Orange County community" and that he has "demonstrated a clear lack of respect for the laws."

The report also states additional charges are pending against Nobles for various crimes related to the carjackings.

News 6 learned the judge granted bond on the new charges, according to jail officials. But the State Attorney's Office said they filed a motion for pretrial detention, which will keep him behind bars. 

The second carjacking victim's family told News 6 they hope Nobles won't be released from jail, saying they fear he will carjack again.

News 6 also reached out to the Volusia County State Attorney's Office to see if they will revoke Nobles' bond for committing a crime while he was released. Officials said they couldn't make specific comments because it was a pending case, but add that prosecutors "will review all new information and file all appropriate motions allowable by law."

Deputies said there are also two juvenile suspects in connection to the carjacking cases. Detectives are conducting lineups with victims. 

The cases remain active and open, according to investigators.

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