Trio arrested for allegedly helping man wanted for attempted murder, kidnapping

Trio arrested for allegedly helping man wanted for attempted murder, kidnapping
Joshua Spencer mug shot from prior arrest (Source: EBRSO)
Joshua Spencer mug shot from prior arrest (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Three people, including an 80-year-old woman, have been arrested for allegedly helping a man evade police for charges of attempted murder and kidnapping.

According to the probable cause report submitted by the Baton Rouge Police Department, Joshua Corinthian Spencer, 32, is wanted by police for a shooting that happened on November 11, 2016.

Investigators issued a warrant for Spencer's arrest on charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, felon in possession of a firearm, and illegal use of a weapon.

The report notes that during the investigation, law enforcement went to a home on Bay Street five times to ask about Spencer and his possible whereabouts.

On December 6, investigators say they learned that Spencer had in fact been to the home, even though the occupants originally told him that he hadn't. They say he was last at the home on December 4.

Investigators had questioned Emma Ellison, 80; Helen Spencer, 53; and John Burris, 64.

Although all three knew that Joshua Spencer was wanted by police, they say the trio allowed him in the home, gave him money, allowed him to use their cellphones to make calls, and failed to notify police.

According to court records, Joshua Spencer has a long criminal history that includes arrests for theft, domestic abuse with child endangerment, aggravated criminal damage to property, resisting an officer, illegal possession of stolen things.

Additionally, Joshua Spencer was sentenced in 2005 to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of simple robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and theft (felony).

The exact relationship between Ellison, Helen Spencer and John Burris was not listed in the report. All three were arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder. They are each facing a $20,000 bond.

Joshua Spencer has still not been located by police.

If you know anything regarding the whereabouts of Joshua Spencer, call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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