KENNER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Stephen D. Caraway
Chief of Police
500 Veterans Boulevard
FAX (504) 712-2209
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sergeant Brian
Office: (504) 712-2252
Kenner Police investigate in-custody death
- The Kenner Police Department is presently investigating an
in-custody death. At
approximately 0150 hours, Joshua Adams, 25, of 3125 Bainbridge Street,
Kenner, was stopped driving a vehicle with what appeared to be an
altered temporary license plate.
At the time of the stop, Adams was removed from the vehicle for
officer safety purposes due the fact he was observed chewing on a white
powdery substance believed to be cocaine.
was arrested during the traffic stop in addition to an outstanding
attachment which had been issued for his arrest.
After arriving at the Kenner Police Jail Complex, the police
officer notified his supervisor of the incident and that it appeared
Adams was obstructing justice and had swallowed cocaine.
During this time and for medical reasons, the police supervisor
attempted to have Adams explain what he had swallowed at which time it
appeared he was still chewing on a substance that officers attempted to
have him spit out. While
attempting to have Adams spit the object from his mouth, Adams appeared
to experience a medical emergency based on the fact that he began
spitting blood and became unresponsive.
was summoned to the Kenner Jail, at which time Adams was transported to
Ochsner Kenner where life saving measures failed and his death was
Preliminary testing at the hospital revealed Adams tested positive for
cocaine and THC-marijuana.
In addition, a criminal history check revealed that Adams does have a
prior felony conviction, “pled guilty” to possession of cocaine on
4/12/2007 for which he received a 1 year active probation sentence (24th
Judicial Court records).
the time of this press release, Adams’ death has not been classified by
the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office.
An autopsy has been scheduled and will likely take place Monday,
January 6, 2014. As in any
in-custody death; additional time is allotted to the deceased family to
allow them to obtain a qualified physician of there choice to
participate and observe the autopsy.
Steve Caraway urges anyone with information concerning this incident to
call the Kenner Police Department at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at
Sergeant Brian McGregor and Detective Charlotte
Synigal are in charge of the investigation.
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