BUFFALO, NY - On September 15, 2022, charges were filed against Josue Lubala, 18, following a two-day kidnapping and carjacking spree, in which a two-year-old girl was abducted at knifepoint along with her mother.
In a press release, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office stated:
It is alleged that on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, police responded to the area of Broadway and Wick Street in the City of Buffalo after receiving a report of a kidnapping. The victim reported that at approximately 10:45 a.m., she was about to leave Cheektowaga Town Park with a two-year-old child when she was approached by the defendant near Harlem Road and Greenleaf Lane. The defendant, while armed with a knife, is accused of abducting the victim by forcing her into the passenger seat of her vehicle. The defendant allegedly drove to Wick Street where he allowed the victims to exit the vehicle then left in the stolen vehicle.
It is further alleged that on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at approximately 9:27 a.m., Cheektowaga Police responded to another reported carjacking in the parking lot near the Alexander Community Center at Cheektowaga Town Park. The second female victim was sitting in the front passenger seat of her vehicle when the defendant allegedly entered through the driver’s side.
Lubala was taken into custody by Cheetowaga police following a brief chase.
Lubala was charged with robbery, attempted robbery, grand larceny, menacing, kidnapping, attempted kidnapping and criminal possession of a weapon. He was booked into the Erie County Jail and has since been released, incredibly without bail.
Lubala came to this country from the Congo and is not a citizen.
Though the case did receive a fair amount of coverage at the local level, not one media outlet reported on this suspect's immigration status.
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