DNA Nabs 2016 Armed Robbery Suspect – Arrest Forthcoming

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An arrest warrant has been issued for a Washington-state man who is believed to have robbed Lucky’s Tesoro gas station in March of 2016. The latest revelations were made possible due to a recent DNA match involving the suspect.

Police initially responded to the gas station on the evening of March 29th, 2016 after an employee reported being robbed at gunpoint by a white male, who then fled the store on foot. Officers arrived on the scene and set up a perimeter. A North Dakota Highway Patrol bloodhound K-9 unit was called to assist in tracking the suspect’s trail, but the suspect was not located.

Detectives processed the scene and collected potential DNA evidence. The evidence was sent to the North Dakota State Crime Laboratory for analysis. The resulting DNA profile matched that of an unsolved 2011 sexual assault case in Washington state, but no known suspect had been identified in that incident. The Dickinson robbery case eventually went cold as well.

In May of 2021, police responded to an apartment complex in east Dickinson for a report of a recovered stolen vehicle. Detectives swabbed the vehicle for DNA evidence and once again submitted it to the state crime laboratory. The resulting DNA profile matched that of the robbery and sexual assault. This time, detectives had deemed 36-year-old JOSHUA STEPHEN FLOYD as a suspect in the vehicle theft. With that information, detectives were granted a search warrant for FLOYD’s DNA, who by this time, was in jail on unrelated charges in Washington state. The resulting sample allegedly connected FLOYD to the DNA profiles previously collected.

The Stark County State’s Attorney has filed formal charges against FLOYD for Robbery (Class B Felony) and Theft of Property (Class C Felony) in connection with the Lucky’s Tesoro robbery. He also has formal charges of Burglary (Class C Felony) and Theft of Property (Class B Felony) in connection with the stolen vehicle case.

Our department was notified that FLOYD has been arrested in Lewis County, WA on September 26th on unrelated charges and currently remains in custody. In coordination with the Stark County State’s Attorney and the Southwest Judicial District, arrangements are being made for the service of the warrant and subsequent extradition back to North Dakota.