Sheriff Newell Normand announces the arrest of Joshua Edwards, B/M, 32, of 400 Timberwood Drive, New Orleans for armed robbery.
On Sunday morning , June 18, 2017, around 10:45, a Metairie man, stated while sitting in his car in the 6800 block of Veterans Blvd., in the parking lot of his apartment complex, a black man appeared waiving at him holding a cell phone.
The victim thought it was his cell phone that perhaps fell out his pocket, so he opened his driver’s side front door.
The man approached, asked the victim for a lighter. The victim turned away and that’s when he felt, what appeared to be a gun pressed against the rear left side of his head. The gunman ordered, "give me your money." The victim complied realizing the suspect was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. The victim handed over his wallet. The suspect located the victim’s debit card and then demanded the pin number. Fearing for his life, the victim provided the man with the correct pin number.
The suspect then fled by unknown means, possibly on foot. The victim waited for a few minutes then called JPSO.
Minutes later, the victim learned there was an unauthorized withdrawal utilizing his stolen debit card at an ATM within the "Driftwood Spur," located at 8910 West Esplanade Ave., in Kenner. A short distance from where the robbery occurred.
The next day, JPSO Detective Harold Wischan spoke with the victim, who had just learned his debit card was used again. This time at the "Circle K" convenience store located at 3541 Williams Blvd.
Det. Wischan learned that both businesses were equipped with interior and exterior video surveillance cameras.
A review of the footage showed a man, fitting the description given to detectives by the victim.
Det. Wischan also learned that the Kenner Police Dept., investigated a robbery on the same date in the 3400 block of Delaware Street, minutes after the Metairie hold up. In this robbery, a lone black male, armed with a handgun, robbed (3) male victims of their cell phones and money after asking them for a cigarette. Video surveillance of the area captured an image of the suspect. That image matched the physical description of the Metairie suspect. It also captured the logo of the suspect’s baseball cap, "Royal House Oyster Bar."
Our detectives traveled to the business located at 414 Royal Street in New Orleans and met with management.
The managers were presented with images of the suspect from inside the "Driftwood Spur." Both managers positively identified the individual as, Joshua Edwards. Edwards was fired from the Oyster house three weeks earlier. An arrest warrant was issued for Joshua Edwards.
On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, The US Marshalls Service Fugitive Task Force located Edwards at 13240 Hayne Blvd., in New Orleans East. He was arrested without incident.
Edwards was transported to the JPCC and booked accordingly, which also included an armed robbery charge for a June 4, 2017 incident in Metairie.