Baldwin man brought back to LI to face murder charge in gas station hit-and-run

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MINEOLA -

The Baldwin man accused of fatally running over a South Hempstead gas station attendant was extradited to Long Island and arraigned Tuesday on murder and other charges.

Officials say surveillance video showed 33-year-old Joshua Roston getting in his truck at the Pit Stop station in January after failing to pay for $22 worth of fuel. Gas station attendant Cemal Dagdeviren was run down and killed.

Prosecutors say Roston took off and drove to Pennsylvania, where he eventually surrendered himself to authorities.

Nassau Police Detective Lt. Steven Fitzpatrick says Roston was also wanted for stealing gas from several other stations.

Joseph LoPiccolo, Roston's attorney, says his client was acting in self-defense and fled for his own safety at the time. He says Roston turned himself in "for the purpose of clearing his name" after hearing on the news that he was considered armed and dangerous.

Roston pleaded not guilty to charges that include three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree robbery and other offenses. He was held on $500,000 bond.

Read more:
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Police: Driver in deadly hit-and-run skipped out on $22 gas bill

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