crime and punishment

Both kidnapper, hostage arrested? Florida’s Josh’uan Stripling, Elizabeth Miller appear in court

Josh’uan Rudolph Stripling (©Jacksoville Sheriff's Office)
Josh’uan Rudolph Stripling (©Jacksoville Sheriff’s Office)

Josh’uan Rudolph Stripling, 27, and his girlfriend Elizabeth Jorena Miller, 22, have been arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. They live together in an apartment on Caravan Circle in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, United States.

At around 3:00 a.m. on June 22, 2021, Miller called police and said someone was breaking into her house. Stripling could be heard in the background yelling at her to get up and get into the car.

Witnesses saw Stripling kicking in the door of their apartment. Miller then ran out of the apartment and got to the parking lot where he grabbed her and forced her into a white sedan.

Stripling allegedly threatened to shoot Miller in the face if she tried to get out of the car. Police officers found the two at around 5:00 p.m. and arrested them both.

The officers had a warrant out for Miller’s arrest on unrelated charges, which were driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident. On the other hand, Stripling was charged with battery, criminal mischief and false imprisonment of an adult.

Elizabeth Jorena Miller (©Jacksoville Sheriff’s Office)

On June 23, 2021, both Stripling and Miller made their first appearance. Represented by public defender Jasmine Alexander, he interrupted the judge several times during the hearing.

“Your honor, she’s right here,” Stripling told the judge, referring to Miller. “Right now, we could get all the facts right now. For real, your honor. I’m not violent. I never had a gun. None of that.”

Later, it was mentioned that Stripling had confessed to officers that he did force his way into their apartment. He allegedly told them he was high on 3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine, a psychoactive drug also known as molly, ecstasy or E.

“That is a lie,” Stripling protested. “She is right here.”

The judge told Stripling to listed to Alexander and stop interrupting. The judge added, “You think you’re helping your situation but you’re not.”

Miller’s bond was set at $15,006 while Stripling’s bond was set at $550,009. She will be back in court on June 30, 2021 and his next court date is scheduled for July 14, 2021.

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