Mother of carjacking victim speaks about terrifying moments

Northwest Florida

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — A man is in jail accused of carjacking two women and the mother of one of those victims is speaking about how terrifying it was. 

“My daughter ran into the house very angry saying some guy had just stolen her car and threatened her with a gun,” Mary Staples said. 

Staples lives on Fenceline Road just off of Gulf Beach Highway. Her daughter who’s in her 30s was sitting in her car outside their house just before 8 a.m. 

“He wanted her keys and she refused and then he threatened her with a gun saying he would kill both of the girls,” she said. 

Deputies say Joshua James Edwards, 37, took her car and ran out of gas down the street. When he showed up to Staples’ house, he had a woman with him. That woman said Edwards carjacked her the night before and sexually assaulted her. Staples took the girl in and waited with her until deputies arrived.  

“She was pretty controlled until she stepped inside and then she fell apart and cried for about 45 minutes hardly able to speak,” Staples said. “She said that he had raped her and that he had taken her car last night.”

Deputies returned Staples’ daughter’s laptop Tuesday evening after it was found on the side of the road. Her daughter also got her car back with no damage and only an empty tank of gas. 

The first victim’s car, a blue Mazda 3, still sits where the suspect left it in the woods near the dog park just off of Fenceline Rd. 

Edwards is in jail with no bond and expected to be in court for a bond hearing sometime Wednesday. 


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