PBSO: Gardens man snatches woman’s necklace, flees into woods to avoid arrest

A Palm Beach Gardens man’s alleged attempt to escape custody proved unsuccessful as he was arrested this week on a robbery charge.

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Joshua Voltz

Joshua Voltz, 28, was arrested Tuesday, one day after he ran when a deputy tried to serve an arrest warrant at his home, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. He was wanted in connection with a robbery that happened Sunday night in Lake Park.

Voltz was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail Wednesday night. He is facing charges of robbery by sudden snatching and resisting an officer without violence.

According to a probable-cause arrest affidavit, Voltz robbed a woman on Tangerine Boulevard in Lake Park. The 24-year-old woman told deputies she had just arrived home and was getting out of her car when a man wearing a black hoodie approached and asked to use her phone.

The woman refused the request. When she turned around, the man, later identified as Voltz, asked her for money, the affidavit said. The woman again refused, at which point Voltz allegedly snatched her silver chain from her neck and ran away.

Deputies determined that Voltz fit the suspect description provided by the woman. A deputy went to his home Monday night to serve the warrant. However, Voltz fled out the back door and ran into a wooded area, the affidavit said.

A sheriff’s office tactical unit found Voltz the following day and arrested him without incident. Voltz allegedly confessed to his involvement in the robbery and to running from the deputy. He gave consent for deputies to meet his father and retrieve the necklace from his home, the affidavit said.

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