Friday, 18 August 2017 15:25

East Memphis Man Indicted In Chatham Village Break-Ins

Joshua Simpson Joshua Simpson
Aug. 18, 2017 – An East Memphis man was indicted Thursday on multiple felony counts stemming from a series of break-ins and assaults this summer in the Chatham Village Condominiums on Park at Lynnfield, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Joshua Simpson, 21, who lives nearby, was indicted by a grand jury on more than a dozen charges that include aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, especially aggravated burglary and theft of property over $10,000.
Two of the victims are 77 or older, including one who was raped.
The four separate incidents occurred between June and August, with Simpson being arrested in the early-morning hours of Aug. 9 when he wrecked a stolen car while fleeing from police.
Hours earlier investigators say he broke into the condominium of an 80-year-old woman, threatened to kill her if she screamed and then raped her. He also stole about $50 from her purse.
In the various incidents Simpson stole cash, automobiles, electronics, jewelry and lawn tools. He has additional charges pending in General Sessions Criminal Court involving two separate attacks on the same 78-year-old woman. Those occurred July 12 and again on Aug. 8 when her car and bank card were taken both times, including once in which she was forced into the car trunk.
The indictments were handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Neal Oldham, Precinct Leader of the Mt. Moriah Community Prosecution Unit which handles all cases from the Mt. Moriah Station Police Precinct and are tried by designated prosecutors before the same designated judge.
The rape case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Stacy McEndree of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.