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Former employee arrested in pistol-whipping robbery at Sweeney's Liquors

Joseph Yshua, 21, turns himself in, confesses to crime

Deputies say Joseph Yshua confessed to pistol-whipping a clerk during a robbery at Sweeney's Liquors in Pembroke Park.
Deputies say Joseph Yshua confessed to pistol-whipping a clerk during a robbery at Sweeney's Liquors in Pembroke Park.

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – A former employee at a Pembroke Park liquor store has turned himself in and claimed responsibility for pistol-whipping a clerk during a May 25 robbery, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Joseph Yshua, 21, turned himself in Tuesday at the BSO's south district office.

According to an arrest report, Yshua confessed to robbing Sweeney's Liquors on Hallandale Beach Boulevard.

Surveillance video from the robbery showed the crook hit the clerk on the head with his gun three times. Deputies said the gunman got away with $2,133 in cash, two bottles of Remy Martin cognac and a cellphone.

According to the arrest report, Yshua said he struck the clerk with the gun, because he thought the clerk was moving too slowly and was trying to stall. Deputies said Yshua told them that he worked at Sweeney's Liquors for three days and was familiar with the money-drop procedures.

Yshua told deputies that he tossed the gun into the water near the 3400 block of Northwest 40th Avenue and left the clothes that he wore during the robbery in his grandmother's laundry room at her Hollywood home.

Deputies said they received permission to search the home and found Yshua's clothes in a white plastic bag in the laundry room.