On May 11th 2010 at 9:45 pm members of the Martinsburg Police Department and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force arrested an individual wanted on numerous felony and misdemeanor warrants which were obtained from the Martinsburg Police Department, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police.
Det Lt George B Swartwood, Ptlm. Eric Neely (MPD) and Det Sgt Kevin Miller (EPDVCTF) arrested Joshua Daniel Stevens at a North Queen Street convenience store parking lot.
The initial investigation to locate the suspect was for his alleged involvement in an arson to a residence off of Central Avenue and the destruction of property and theft to a Martinsburg Police vehicle on April 23rd - 24th 2010.
The arrest came after information was gained advising that the suspect would be hiding in the back of a pickup truck on its way to the convenience store on North Queen Street.
The officers staked out the area and observed said vehicle and located the suspect in the back of the pickup truck. The suspect was arrested and processed at the Martinsburg Police Department and later taken to the Eastern Regional Jail to await arraignment by a State Magistrate. He was later arraigned by Magistrate Overington and his bond was set at $115,000 cash only. He is currently still incarcerated at the ERJ.
The Martinsburg Police Department would like to thank the community for all of its assistance into this investigation and still seeks any information in regards to this or any arson investigations.
Arrested: Joshua Daniel Stevens DOB 5 30 79 and listing an address of 76 Ritter Drive Martinsburg WV was arrested on the following 12 charges.
Arson 1st degree
Destruction of Property
Breaking and Entering
Breaking and Entering of an Auto