Man suspected of robbing Pearl and Ridgeland gas stations arrested

Man suspected of robbing Pearl and Ridgeland gas stations arrested

PEARL, Miss. (WLBT) - The suspect who held up a Pearl gas station and Ridgeland gas station Thursday has been caught.

30-year-old Joshua Demon Washington was taken into custody after his car was found on Lakeland Drive by Flowood Dr. early Friday morning.

Washington is being held at the Rankin County jail without bond.

Joshua Demon Washington; Source: Pearl PD
Joshua Demon Washington; Source: Pearl PD

At 5:00 a.m. Thursday, there was an armed robbery at the Circle K in Pearl on S. Pearson Road. The suspect entered the business, showed a gun, and took money from the cash register before fleeing.

Pearl gas station armed robbery; Source: WLBT
Pearl gas station armed robbery; Source: WLBT

Ridgeland police say Washington is also a suspect in an armed robbery of a business that happened Thursday afternoon near the Reservoir.

Ridgeland minimart armed robbery; Source: WLBT
Ridgeland minimart armed robbery; Source: WLBT

The suspect fired a shot, injuring a cashier, before driving away in a dark colored sedan.

“When the gentleman came in and tried to rob him, he pulled the gun out," said Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal. "Of course he wouldn’t open the register for him. A physical altercation ensued. There was some liquor bottles that were broken. That’s where the cut came from.”

He escaped from the crime scenes but didn’t get far.

“Just happened to be early in the morning," said Greg Flynn, spokesperson for the city of Pearl. "Flowood police found a car that was broken down on Lakeland Drive and it just happened to be him and they took him into custody without incident. So great teamwork between Pearl and Ridgeland and Flowood.”

He is now being held at the Rankin County jail with no bond.

“Were so happy he’s off the street and not going to be able to pull off any more of these crimes and threaten any people,” added Flynn.

The U.S. Marshals Task Force, Ridgeland Police Department and Flowood Police Department aided in Washington’s capture.

Multiple agencies worked together in the capture, and to send a message.

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