North Carolina

Man facing Fla. child sex charges moved to NC, helped open a family cafe, police say

A Florida fugitive facing a child sex charge moved to the North Carolina mountains and helped open a family cafe, where U.S. marshals arrested him on Tuesday.

Michael Todd Garrett was standing outside the Garlik Vegan restaurant on Brevard Road (U.S. 64) in Horse Shoe when he was arrested, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. Unincorporated Horse Shoe is 23 miles south of Asheville.

Authorities in Alachua County, Fla., issued the warrant for the 53-year-old Garrett’s arrest on May 10. Gainesville is the county seat.

He was originally charged with the felony in September, Florida court records show.

Garrett was taken to the Henderson County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Garrett’s family opened the restaurant in March, according to Blue Ridge The family previously operated a vegan restaurant and a photography business in Gainesville, Blue Ridge Now reported.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly said Garrett was the owner of Garlik Vegan.

Staff researcher Maria David contributed.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak