Police have charged Joshua DeLoach, 29, with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and aggravated kidnapping for his alleged role in an incident at 322 Eado Park Circle on Sunday, May 8 around 9 p.m.
Police said that through an investigation and surveillance video, DeLoach was told by his roommate, Justin Iwuji, 31, to move out of the residence. DeLoach then pointed a gun at Iwuji and forced him to open his personal safe, taking out personal items and also transferred currency from two mobile payment service accounts.
“He forces me to give him the password to my phone. He Cashapps himself two increments of $3,000 a piece, so $6k total, forces me to open up my safe, (from) which he then takes some jewelry and my firearm that was in there,” Iwuji told NewsNation.
Police released the surveillance video. (Warning: the video contains graphic language.)
DeLoach then forced Iwuji into the trunk of Iwuji’s Range Rover and bound his hands and feet, police said.
“He also duck taped my ankles together, put duck tape around my mouth and neck,” Iwuji said.
The suspect then drove almost 30 miles from the condo and when DeLoach parked the vehicle, Iwuji was able to get out of the vehicle and get help from a nearby witness, police said.
Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office found Iwuji near Jones Road and FM 1960 with minor injuries to his wrists. Police said he identified DeLoach as the suspect, who remains at large.
“When someone has the thought process of putting a chair into your shower, putting a comforter over the chair as if they plan to shoot you and wrap you up … I truly did fear for my life,” Iwuji said.
DeLoach was a college football player at Midwestern State University, while Iwuji played football at Texas State University.
Anyone with information in this case or on the whereabouts of Joshua DeLoach is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.