Prolific ‘Entertainer” Arrested in Connection with Robberies
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Written By: Jim Emerson
NOVATO — Joseph Stewart, 30, of Novato, self-identifies as an entertainer, but police are not amused by him. Stewart has been arrested 16 times since 2015, including most recently last month.
On February 26, Stewart allegedly robbed two Walgreens pharmacies in Marin County. The first robbery occurred in San Anselmo, followed by a second attempted robbery in downtown San Rafael.
While wearing a mask, Stewart allegedly threatened Walgreen employees in San Anselmo and fled with prescription drugs. Less than a half hour later, he allegedly tried robbing another Walgreens store on Third Avenue in San Rafael. He fled and employees phoned for police.
Officers from San Rafael PD responding to the second incident apprehended Stewart after a brief chase. He was arrested outside 330 Third Street at 11:10 a.m. He was transported to Marin County Jail, where he remains in custody on open charges in lieu of $125,000 bond.
Stewart was booked this time for –
- Wearing a mask for unlawful purposes
- Making criminal threats to terrorize
- Attempted robbery
- Obstructing/resisting an officer
- Prior violence and a current violent offense
- Parole violation.
He was recently released on parole in January 2022, after serving time in prison for a violent felony conviction.
Stewart has prior arrests for burglary, exhibiting a firearm, grand theft, illicit drug possession, robbery, shoplifting, and vehicle theft. His first arrest in 2015 was for disorderly conduct and prostitution.
Most of his arrests have taken place in Marin County, However, Stewart the ‘entertainer” has also had jail bookings in San Francisco and Sonoma County.