Court documents: Robbery suspect said he needed the adrenaline rush

2013-12-13T17:31:00Z 2013-12-16T07:47:05Z Court documents: Robbery suspect said he needed the adrenaline rushGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
December 13, 2013 5:31 pm  • 

A man suspected of robbing two Billings gas stations at gunpoint made an initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

Joshua Boyd Harris, 25, appeared by video from the county jail in Yellowstone County Justice Court where prosecutors charged him with two counts of felony robbery.

Justice Court Judge Pedro R. Hernandez set bond at $25,000 and ordered Harris to appear for arraignment on Dec. 20.

The robberies took place just after 4 a.m. on Dec. 4 about 40 minutes apart at the Holiday Station at 790 S. Billings Blvd. and the Town Pump at 3150 King Ave. W.

In both cases, a man entered the store, selected merchandise and then showed a handgun. He then took cash and fled.

Police arrested Harris Friday morning after he turned himself in, according to charging documents.

On Dec. 12, a police detective spoke with a woman who said she recognized the suspect from surveillance images provided to local media, court records state.

The detective phoned Harris, who was driving to California at the time, and convinced the man to return to Billings, the records say. Harris said in a statement to police Friday morning that he robbed the stores because he needed the adrenaline rush, court records say.

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