Joshua Roston mugshot

Nassau County Police Department

Police Arrest Suspect In Fatal Hit-And-Run At Long Island Gas Station

January 18, 2019 - 12:30 pm

SOUTH HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Nassau County Police say that a suspect has been arrested in Pennsylvania in connection to the hit-and-run killing of a Long Island gas station manager.

The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Joshua Roston, of Baldwin, is accused of striking and killing Cemal Dagdeviren at the Pit Stop gas station on Monday to avoid paying $22 worth of gas.

The GMC Yukon used to commit the crime was recovered earlier in the week.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said Roston turned himself in to police in Philadelphia a day after his name and photo were released to the public.

"He felt that pressure, his face being out on the news, all over the country," Ryder said."Wherever he was sitting in some local bar or restaurant and saw his face on TV he realized, 'I gotta turn myself in' and that's exactly what he did. He walked intot he stationhouse, identified himself and said he was wanted in Nassau County."

He is in the process of being extradited to Nassau County. 

Roston has a lengthy criminal history, Ryder said, adding that he ran off without paying for gas at a different station a few weeks ago.

He faces 25 years to life if convicted.

"A man's life was lost by a cowardly act, his family has been crushed because of this and again it was a senseless murder for $22," Ryder said.

The victim was originally from Turkey. His family is currently there making funeral arrangements, WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported.