March 31st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Joshua Louis Edwards, a 24-year-old Texas man who disappeared last year before his sentencing for running a prostitution ring out of a day spa was captured in Costa Rica.
Edwards and his cousin, Malcom Deandre Copeland, plead guilty to a Texas court in September to aggravated promotion of prostitution. Authorities say the pair operated Black Stone Relaxation/Day Spa in a San Antonio, Texas shopping center where a daycare, children’s hair salon and magic shop were also located. An investigation revealed that the business was a front for a prostitution ring.
Edwards’ cousin was later charged with child sex trafficking in an unrelated case.
After pleading guilty, Edwards was released on bail pending sentencing. A warrant was subsequently issued when Edwards failed to appear for the October 11th hearing.
Tips began coming in after local media in Texas took an interest in Edwards’ case. Investigators followed those leads to Costa Rica.
The US Marshals Service, the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Costa Rican Immigration authorities and the US Embassy in Costa Rica assisted in the capture of Edwards, who was deported back to Texas on Thursday.
Edwards now faces up to 30 years in prison for the prostitution charges and fleeing from the United States.