Florida White Supremacist Allegedly Kidnapped, Drugged And Repeatedly Raped A Black Woman
The suspect was previously released from prison in November.
March 22, 2019 at 3:46 pm
A white supremacist in Escambia County, Florida, is in police custody after abducting and raping a Black woman, according to CBS affiliate WKRG News 5.
Joshua Edwards faces a slew of charges, including sexual assault, two counts of theft by carjacking and armed abduction.
The ambush occurred Monday night when the victim was pumping gas at the local Circle K gas station. Edwards, 38, reportedly approached the woman, held a firearm to her head and forced her "to get in the car and stay quiet," the arrest report details.
Police say the victim was forced to drive the two around while Edwards was doing ecstasy in the passenger seat. The suspect also demanded the woman partake in the drug.
The two eventually reached a nearby park where Edwards raped the unidentified victim several times.
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When his vehicle malfunctioned, Edwards made the victim accompany him as they looked for another car. They confronted a woman outside her home, and Edwards brandished his gun as he demanded her keys. The second victim obliged. Edwards then left both women behind as he drove off in the stolen vehicle.
Several hours after the kidnapping, rape and theft, Edwards was detained behind a nearby Verizon.
According to the sheriff's office, Edwards is affiliated with a white supremacist clan, the Aryan Brotherhood. The FBI notes the "violent white supremacist gang" was founded in the California prison order in the late 1960s.
When News 5 inquired as to whether Edwards' actions were racially motivated, both law enforcement and prosecutors declined to confirm. However, Assistant State Attorney John Molchan said to The Pensacola News Journal that several of the charges against him carry a life sentence, making sure "this individual is not walking a free man on this earth ever again."
Edwards, who is currently being on a $6 million bond, is scheduled to appear in court again on April 11.
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