Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said his office received a call Sunday evening in
the Piercetown area about shots being fired and threats being made. The caller also said the
suspect tried to get money from him and threatened to shoot him if no money was given.
Deputies responded to the residence and learned that Joshua Rush, aged 42 and Camille
Rush, 40, had driven to the house and fired multiple shots, then poured gas in front of the
residence. When the homeowner came outside, Joshua Rush allegedly pointed a gun at him and
told him to give him money or he would shoot him. When the homeowner said he didn't have
any money, Rush tried to shoot, but the gun jammed. Both suspects then left the residence but
told the homeowner they'd be back when they got the gun fixed, and would expect money. That's
when the homeowner was able to call the Sheriff's Office.
Newton County Deputies and Jasper Police responded to the area and watched for the
vehicle the suspects were supposed to be in. The vehicle was soon found back in the area and a
traffic stop was made. In the vehicle, Deputies found a gun matching the description of the one
in the incident, the victim later identified the gun as being the one used.
Both suspects were taken into custody. Joshua Rush was charged with 1st Degree
Terroristic Threatening, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Robbery, and Possession of Firearms
by Certain Persons (Felon), D.W.I., Refusal to Submit to Chemical Test, Open Container and No
Proof if Insurance. Camille Rush was charged with Obstructing Governmental Operations. Both
were transported to the Newton County Jail for holding.
Sheriff Wheeler said "If someone makes the decision to commit a crime and during the
commission of that crime, their gun jams and they tell the victim they are going to go fix the gun
and return in an hour to resume the crime, they probably need to rethink their criminal career.
They are going about it all wrong. They will likely learn the intended victim has called law
enforcement and will find us there waiting for them."