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Man goes on violent crime spree; two people killed

Man goes on violent crime spree; two people killed
Posted: Nov 15, 2018
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From Slidell Police:

A deadly series of events last week led to three people being shot, resulting in two homicides.

The first incident occurred on Thursday, November 8th around 10:15 p.m. Slidell Police responded to a suspected drug overdose involving a 43-year-old female on Gwen Drive in Slidell. At some point, the son of the deceased female, 29-year-old, Joshua Cox, was told of his mother’s death and asked his wife to drive him to the hospital in order to see her. While on the way to the hospital, Joshua Cox and his wife got into an argument, resulting in Cox shooting his wife once in the chest. Cox dropped his wife off at Slidell Memorial Hospital and fled the scene in a black Kia Forte. Slidell Police began searching for Cox throughout the rest of the night and into the early morning hours of Friday, November 9th. A warrant was issued for Cox for Attempted Manslaughter of his wife.

Unbeknownst to anyone until several hours later, Joshua Cox went on a violent crime spree after shooting his wife. Investigators are still fully piecing together Cox’s whereabouts and actions after midnight, but what is known is that around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, November 9th, Slidell Police responded to a report of shots fired at an apartment complex on Lee Street in Slidell. Surprisingly, Slidell Police found Joshua Cox lying on the ground suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Cox was rushed to the hospital, where he later died the next day.

It was during the course of the investigation at the apartment complex on Lee Street that Slidell Police made a shocking discovery. Investigators turned their attention to a white Chevy Tahoe, located in the parking lot of the apartment complex, after finding the keys to the vehicle in the pant pocket Joshua Cox. Inside of the Tahoe, investigators discovered the dead body 38-year-old, Christopher Evans of Slidell, Louisiana. Slidell Police detectives tracked down the owner of the Chevy Tahoe, which turned out to be the girlfriend of the Christopher Evans. Evans’ girlfriend, who was frantically looking for him all night, told investigators that Evans never arrived to pick her up from work, and that she had last spoke to him around midnight.

As investigators continued to retrace Joshua Cox’s actions prior to the 4:30 a.m. shooting, it was recalled that, coincidentally, it was around midnight that Joshua Cox fled from Slidell Memorial Hospital after shooting his wife. Witnesses saw Cox flee down Eleventh Street towards Fremaux Avenue. It was discovered that shortly before midnight, Christopher Evans was outside working on his girlfriend’s Chevy Tahoe near the corner of Monaco Drive and Queens Drive, which is one block away from Eleventh Street. It is believed that Joshua Cox saw this as an opportunity, to presumably carjack Chris Evans, in an attempt to throw police off his trail by obtaining a different vehicle. Cox abandoned his Kia Forte down the street, and approached Chris Evans, who was standing outside of his home in the 1500 block of Queens Drive. It is not 100% clear as to the next sequence of events, but at some point, Cox shot Evans in the head and fled the area in the Tahoe, with Evans’ body inside of the vehicle. At this point in the investigation, no link has been found between Joshua Cox and Chris Evans. It is believed they did not know each other.

Back at the apartment complex on Lee Street, the person responsible for shooting Joshua Cox was identified as 26-year-old, Jamile Robinson, who also lived in the complex. Based off the investigation, it is believed that Cox went to Jamile Robinson’s apartment with the intent to rob/kill him. According to Robinson, an altercation occurred inside of the apartment, and he shot Cox in self-defense. At this time, Jamile Robinson is not being charged with the homicide of Joshua Cox; however, Robinson was arrested on unrelated charges. During the homicide investigation, detectives discovered Jamile Robinson to illegally be in possession of a firearm, cocaine and marijuana. Robinson was subsequently charged with: Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and a Probation Violation. The facts leading up to the death of Joshua Cox will be presented to the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in order to determine if charges will be filed.

Joshua Cox’s wife is still hospitalized, but is expected to recover.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says, “This was a very unfortunate series of incidents that resulted in three people losing their lives. The common denominator here is narcotics. All of this started over drugs, which led to bad, irrational decisions being made. What happened last week is a direct result of how drugs can ruin families and a local community. We will continue to be proactive in combating the illegal drug activity in our city with the mission of putting the drug dealers in prison. Please continue to pray for everyone who was affected by this and that they can find peace during this difficult time in their lives.”