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NOPD Arrests Two on Armed Robbery, Drug Charges, Seeking Third Suspect

by Aaron E. Looney

October 15, 2020

Categories: On Duty

Topics: Armed Robbery, Eighth District, Good Police Work

NOPD Arrests Two on Armed Robbery, Drug Charges, Seeking Third Suspect

The NOPD has arrested Joshua Valteau (pictured at top left, DOB: 03-15-1989) and Samina Murshedi (pictured at bottom, DOB: 11-28-1988) on armed robbery and drug possession charges.

At around 5:00 a.m. on October 6, 2020, Eighth District Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 200 block of South Peters Street. Through investigation, officers learned the victim walked out of a business on Canal Street and was allegedly confronted by two subjects, one of which reportedly brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s property. Detectives were able to initially identify two of the suspects as Murshedi and Valteau, who were observed leaving a local hotel. The two were arrested at that location. At the time of his arrest, Valteau was found to be armed with a handgun.

The hotel room and Valteau’s vehicle were searched upon approval of a search warrant, which lead to the discovery of numerous plastic bags containing varied amounts of multiple substances identified as illegal drugs including amphetamines, crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine, heroin, Xanax and quetiapine fumarate.        

Through further investigation, detectives identified the second male suspect as Darnell Bullock (pictured at top right, DOB: 01-31-1992) as the second male suspect. He currently remains at large and is wanted on charges of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

Valteau was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for illegal possession of a firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic abuse battery; possession of drug paraphernalia; Sale, distribution, or possession of a legend drug; possession of a Schedule II CDS with intent to distribute; possession of a Schedule I CDS with intent to distribute; armed robbery; and attempted armed robbery.

Murshedi was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on a charge of armed robbery.

Anyone with additional information on this incident or on Bullock’s whereabouts is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or call anonymously to Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP.