CHESTER, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Authorities oversaw the arrest on Thursday morning of the perpetrator involved in a stabbing incident at the Crazy Donkey restaurant establishment in Chester, WV.
According to the Chester Police Department, warrants were obtained on Friday, April 28, 2023, for Joshua L. Atwood for his involvement in a stabbing incident which had taken place around 6:34pm on the same day.
This incident also involved the owner of the establishment, Jose Mocias-Onate, by whom Atwood was said to have been hired for various handyman jobs.
Information gathered at the scene led responding authorities to believe that an altercation regarding payment had escalated after Atwood had come to the restaurant to demand money. Atwood purportedly grabbed a handful of cash from the register and, when Mocias-Onate attempted to stop him from leaving with the bills, a fight broke out.
Initial reports indicate that during the scuffle a handgun in a concealed holster being carried by Atwood fell onto a nearby table, at which point Atwood crew a knife he had been carrying and stabbed the owner.
Atwood then fled the scene with the cash, running around the side of the building and back toward an alleyway. A search was conducted to no avail, despite witnesses at the scene having provided descriptions of clothing being worn by the suspect as well as direction travelled.
Information gathered by officers indicated that Atwood could be in the Pennsylvania area, and assistance was requested by the Chester Police Department from the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force in bringing the suspect to justice. Intelligence gathering and surveillance operations were then set into motion.
On Thursday, May 25, 2023, at approximately 6:15am, members of the U.S. Marshal’s from the Western PA and Northern WV Officers, Washington County, PA Sheriff’s Office, and Hanover Twp (Washington Co) PA Police Department made their way to a residence at 1436 State Route 18, Burgettstown PA.
There, they were able to take Joshua L. Atwood safely into custody without incident. Atwood was transported to the Washington County Courthouse to be arraigned as a Fugitive from Justice, was processed, unable to post bond, and will be waiting for extradition back to West Virginia to face criminal charges of Armed Robbery and Malicious Assault.