Houston police seek man wanted for kidnapping, assaulting and robbing roommate at gunpoint

Joshua N. DeLoach, 29 is wanted for the May 8 incident

Houston police have released surveillance video Joshua N. DeLoach who is charged and wanted in a robbery and kidnapping incident on May 8. (Houston Police Department)

HOUSTON – Houston police are looking for a man accused of kidnapping and robbing his roommate.

Police released a video from inside an apartment on May 8 that they say shows Joshua N. DeLoach, 29, confronting his roommate with a gun and telling him to get on his knees.

The victim, Justin C. Iwuji, 31, told police that after he asked DeLoach to move out of his apartment in the 300 block of Eado Park Circle, DeLoach pointed a gun at him and forced him to open his personal safe. He also said DeLoach transferred money from two mobile payment service accounts and then forced Iwuji into the trunk of his own car and bound his hands and feet.

When DeLoach parked the car several miles away, Iwuji told police that he managed to free himself and flag someone down for help.

Iwuji, a former Texas State football player, posted about the incident on social media urging people to call 911 if they see DeLoach. He said he feared for his life as “(DeLoach) proceeded to rob me of my high value belongings, my firearm, my wallet, $6000 via CashApp, tied me up, and kidnapped me in the trunk of my own Range Rover.”

Anyone with information in this case or about the whereabouts of DeLoach is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Iwuji’s Facebook post:

EVERYONE near Texas, especially if you are in Houston area, I NEED YOUR HELP... Never in my life did I think something...

Posted by Justin Iwuji on Monday, May 16, 2022

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