Murder suspect arrested in death of Mickey McNamara
A non-stop investigation into the murder of Michael “Mickey” McNamara resulted in the arrest of Joseph Edward Roberts Jr., 21, at approximately 3 p.m. today.
“This arrest culminated from what has been a non-stop investigation on the part of officers and investigators from the Orange Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Vidor Police Department, West Orange Police Department and the FBI,” said Orange Police Chief Sam Kittrell in a statement released to the media.
As the case developed, Sgt. Robert Estrello recalled an encounter with Roberts at an earlier date where the defendant had a baseball bat very similar to the one recovered near the scene of the robbery/assault. The police department also received independent information from a citizen who also recalled similar information regarding the bat being associated withRoberts. Estrello made contact with Roberts today, who voluntarily came to the police station where he was interviewed by Estrello and Sgt. Paul Arceneaux.
During the interview Roberts said he went to Mickey McNamara’s Insurance office Wednesday, located at 1212 Green Ave. Once inside, he spoke with Joyce Kirkland Cross, who was alone inside of the business. Roberts stated that he demanded and received money from Cross.
Roberts said he struck Cross with a bat in her arm area and head. As Roberts was exiting the business he saw McNamara driving up behind the car. The defendent said he had a short conversation with McNamara, then followed him back into the building. Once inside, Roberts stated that he struck McNamara in the head with the baseball bat. He then fled the area on foot, taking the money that he obtained in the robbery.
“The citizens of the greater Orange area, the West Orange Cove Consolidated Independent School District, and especially Mickey McNamara’s fellow businessmen and women contributed greatly toward the investigative effort. Every business person that we contacted and many contacted us before we could even get to them, provided security camera video recorded at times and places relevant to our investigation as well as other information that allowed us to develop the evidence needed to obtain the arrest warrant for Joseph Edward Roberts Jr.”
Kittrell went on to thank officers and citizens who assisted in the investigation.
“While no additional arrests are imminent, the investigation will continue for some time in order to discover all of the facts relating to this event. The charge today only relates only to the death of Mickey McNamara. There was another victim in this incident and upon the completion of our investigation the case, in its entirety, will be submitted to the District Attorney for Orange County. “
“Because the investigation is continuing we will not be releasing any additional investigative information beyond the details in the affidavit of probable cause for arrest,” said Kittrell.