A fired Forever 21 assistant manager allegedly returned to the location of the store where he worked on Orlando’s International Drive and allegedly robbed the clothing store at gunpoint while wearing a werewolf mask.
As of early Thursday morning, 28-year-old Joshua Hughes was being held in the Orange County Jail without bail after being charged with robbery with a deadly weapon while wearing a mask, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Hughes faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted of the charge.
Orlando police said a man believed to be Hughes entered the Forever 21 store around 11 p.m. on March 29 and demanded cash for the manager while brandishing a gun, the Sentinel reported. Hughes, who was fired as the store’s assistant manager, allegedly demanded “big bills only” during the robbery.
Surveillance video obtained by Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV shows a figure talking with the manager and leaving the Forever 21 with cash in a paper bag. Orlando NBC affiliate WESH said the store manager claimed Hughes pushed him and demanded he get money out of the Forever 21's cash register drawers. The report said the manager didn’t believe the robbery attempt was real, and that the manager pushed Hughes back. That’s when Hughes allegedly pointed the gun at the manager.
Hughes allegedly confessed to the robbery and told police he “expressed regret and apologized for his actions,” according to an affidavit obtained by the Sentinel.