The owner of a defunct roofing company was arrested last week at a Gainesville bankruptcy court in front of 15-20 irate homeowners and has seen the inside of four jails since then.
“He seemed to think that nothing would happen to him,” said a Ball Ground homeowner who witnessed the surprise arrest at the federal courthouse Aug. 25.
“I don’t quite know why. As soon as he showed up, these people who had been trying to get him, they were on the phone, and they picked him up.”
The courthouse call was made to the Auburn Police Department, which then asked the Hall County Sheriff’s Office to arrest 42-year-old John Steven Ervin, formerly of Gainesville. Hall County deputies arrested him at the end of the bankruptcy proceeding and held him in the Hall County Detention Center for one night on outstanding warrants from Auburn, Barrow County and Roswell.