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Police arrest suspect in Wal-Mart robbery

Joshua Dekens, 32, of Prescott

Joshua Dekens, 32, of Prescott

PRESCOTT - Police arrested the suspect of a June 17 robbery of the Wal-Mart store on Gail Gardner Way after one of the people of interest came forward Saturday, June 20.

Joshua Dekens, 32, of Prescott allegedly went into the store at about 10:05 p.m. June 17, went up to the customer service counter and after a brief conversation, grabbed a bank deposit bag out of the hands of an employee, according to information released by police. He fled the store toward the nearby Denny's restaurant and Iron Springs Road, according to police reports.

When Prescott Police spokeswoman Lt. Amy Bonney released information about the crime, she said police were also looking for a woman who drove a white pickup, and she believed the suspect may have gotten out of her vehicle.

Over the weekend, the woman contacted police after learning police were looking for her.

Bonney said the woman was "fully cooperative with law enforcement and at this time it does not appear she was aware of or involved in the robbery of the store."

Police identified the suspect as Dekens. When police contacted and arrested him, he "was found to be in possession of a firearm as well as multiple types of illegal and prescription only drugs, which appeared to be packaged for sale," Bonney said.

During an interview with detectives, he admitted to his involvement in the robbery and was later booked into the Yavapai County jail.

Charges include robbery, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of prescription only drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony and possession of a deadly weapon as a prohibited possessor.

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