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Stephen D. Caraway

Chief of Police





500 Veterans Boulevard

Kenner, LA 70062

(504) 712-2200

FAX (504) 712-2209



 Contact:  Sergeant Brian McGregor


Office:    (504) 712-2252

Date:       1/4/2014

Kenner Police investigate in-custody death

 Kenner - The Kenner Police Department is presently investigating an in-custody death.  At approximately 0150 hours, Joshua Adams, 25, of 3125 Bainbridge Street, Kenner, was stopped driving a vehicle with what appeared to be an altered temporary license plate.  At the time of the stop, Adams was removed from the vehicle for officer safety purposes due the fact he was observed chewing on a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine. 

 Adams was arrested during the traffic stop in addition to an outstanding attachment which had been issued for his arrest.  After arriving at the Kenner Police Jail Complex, the police officer notified his supervisor of the incident and that it appeared Adams was obstructing justice and had swallowed cocaine.  During this time and for medical reasons, the police supervisor attempted to have Adams explain what he had swallowed at which time it appeared he was still chewing on a substance that officers attempted to have him spit out.  While attempting to have Adams spit the object from his mouth, Adams appeared to experience a medical emergency based on the fact that he began spitting blood and became unresponsive. 

 EMS was summoned to the Kenner Jail, at which time Adams was transported to Ochsner Kenner where life saving measures failed and his death was pronounced.   Preliminary testing at the hospital revealed Adams tested positive for cocaine and THC-marijuana.  In addition, a criminal history check revealed that Adams does have a prior felony conviction, “pled guilty” to possession of cocaine on 4/12/2007 for which he received a 1 year active probation sentence (24th Judicial Court records). 

 At the time of this press release, Adams’ death has not been classified by the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office.  An autopsy has been scheduled and will likely take place Monday, January 6, 2014.  As in any in-custody death; additional time is allotted to the deceased family to allow them to obtain a qualified physician of there choice to participate and observe the autopsy. 

 Chief Steve Caraway urges anyone with information concerning this incident to call the Kenner Police Department at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

 Sergeant Brian McGregor and Detective Charlotte Synigal are in charge of the investigation.

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Steve Caraway

Chief of Police


Kenner Police Complex

500 Veterans Blvd.

Kenner, LA. 70062

(504) 712-2200

Kenner Police:
(504) 712-2222

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