Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Teen underwear model Joshua Walter, who had sex with teacher, gets busted with robbery gang

A pretty-boy Hugo Boss model -- who made headlines last year for being the boy toy of a 37-year-old teacher -- was charged yesterday with taking part in holdup ring that robbed 15 gas stations and delis in the last month. Joshua Walter, 20, of Queens and three others were busted early yesterday for the string of brazen robberies -- and they confessed, sources said. Cops said the thug band would go armed to grab cash out of registers. Then, they would also rob everybody in the place. The quartet got $800 to $1,000 at each of their jobs for a total take of $12,000 to $15,000. The spree began June 14 and ended on Sunday at a Dunkin' Donuts on Horace Harding Expressway, where Walter allegedly pistol-whipped one of the victims, sources said. In addition to gas stations, Walter and his pals hit 7-11 stores, bodegas and fruit and vegetable markets in Rego Park, Jackson Heights, Forest Hills, and Jamaica, Queens, and in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the sources said. The suspects were busted at 1:30 a.m. yesterday when cops assigned to the Queens North auto larceny squad stopped a Chevy Astro van with four men inside on 30th Avenue near 31st Street in Astoria. One of the men ran out of the van but he was caught after a short foot chase, cops said. The four were taken to the Queens robbery squad, where lineups were held, the suspects allegedly confessed and they were arrested. They were charged with robbery and criminal possession of a firearm. -LARRY CELONA and ANDY GELLER, NY Post