Man Arrested on Abduction Charges in Nelson Identified

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The FBI confirmed the identity of a man arrested and charged with abduction by force in Nelson County at a Monday press conference. Randy Allen Taylor, 48, was arrested Sunday on abduction charges in relation to the missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy – and it wasn't the first time he's had a run-in with the law.

The FBI confirmed that just before 7 p.m. Sunday, Taylor was arrested and charged with abduction in relation to the Murphy case. They also confirmed that the search is still on-going.

Alexis left her home in Shipman, reportedly headed for Lynchburg, on Saturday, August 3. She was last seen at a Liberty gas station in Lovingston around 7:15 p.m. the same day. Her car was found in the parking lot at Carmike 6 movie theaters in Albemarle County on Tuesday.

The man police think might be involved is no stranger to the law and felony charges. Taylor has been in court for about a dozen charges dating back to 2002, when he was arrested and later convicted for arson in Albemarle County.

Taylor set fire to a car in 2002. According to court records, he was found guilty of arson in February 2005. As part of a plea deal, two related charges were dropped. He was given a two-year suspended sentence but had to pay an insurance company more than $19,000. He was called back into court in June 2011 on a probation violation for not paying back the money, but his prison time was again suspended and he walked free.

Taylor has the most charges in Greene County, including petit larceny in February 2013, for which he was given a six-month sentence that was also suspended so he spent no time in jail.

According to an article in The Hook, Taylor says he served five years in prison in the 1990s after he was convicted of being an accessory to burglary.

Taylor is scheduled to appear in Nelson County General District Court for an advisement hearing on Tuesday, August 13 at 1:30 p.m. 

Press Release 

August 11: Commonwealth Attorney of Nelson County, Anthony Martin; Sheriff David Brooks, Nelson County, Virginia Sheriff's Office; Colonel Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police; and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jeffrey Mazanec, Federal Bureau of Investigation announce an arrest in the Alexis Murphy investigation.

This evening, an individual was taken into custody and charged with Abduction in the disappearance of Alexis Tiara Murphy. This remains an on-going investigation and law enforcement continues to request the public's assistance as they show pictures and conduct interviews and searches.

For the continuing advancement of this sensitive investigation, the suspect's name is not being released at this time. Additional information will be released at the appropriate time.

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