Back in February, an Orlando Police Department patrol responded to the area of Woods Avenue and Colyer Street in reference to a hit and run, which involved a 5-year-old child was hit while riding her bicycle and was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.
Patrol later learned of a shooting scene at W. South Street and S. Lee Avenue, which was determined to be a result of the initial hit and run crash.
This month, an OPD Violent Crimes Detective noticed the suspect driving the same vehicle believed to be involved in the hit and run from February. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled the scene. Approximately two hours later, detectives located the suspect vehicle and cornered the suspect as he attempted to flee on foot.
As the suspect was being apprehended, he dropped a loaded firearm he was illegally carrying in his pants. Detectives interviewed Nahshon Joseph, who confessed to causing the hit and run accident and also shooting the same gun we recovered in an attempt to scare the little girl’s mother.
The suspect was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Fleeing/Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, and Resisting an Officer without Violence. Additional charges are forthcoming regarding the hit and run incident.
With local crime, guns, violence and drugs all remaining problems around Orlando and downtown under Mayor Buddy Dyer, OPD remains very busy keeping the city safe. Local police remind all residents to remember, “See Something, Say Something” by calling Crimeline or 9-1-1.
You can call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477) where your information will be taken in strictest confidence. Your identity will be protected and you will never have to give your name. You will be given a confidential tip code number. Tips that lead to the felony arrest of suspects and/or the recovery of stolen property and drugs may be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000. All tips eligible for a reward are paid to tipsters using an anonymous process. Remember, if you witness a crime in progress, you should call 911.