Joseph Harrell: Teen thug who 'JUGGED' woman criticizes her for raising $230K from GoFundMe

Joseph Harrell: Teen thug who 'JUGGED' woman criticizes her for raising $230K from GoFundMe
Joseph Harrell (L) was arrested for robbing Nhung Truong (R) (Houston Police Department, GoFundMe)

HOUSTON, TEXAS: A 44-year-old Vietnamese mother who was left paralyzed during a violent robbery by a juvenile suspect in Houston, made vile phone calls to the victim from prison criticizing her for starting a GoFundMe.

Nhung Truong may never fully recover from the severe physical injuries she sustained when Joseph Harrell body-slammed her onto the concrete while attempting to steal a wad of cash from her, according to video evidence. To help pay for an upcoming trip back to her home in Vietnam, Truong had just withdrawn $4,300 from a cash machine.


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'***** better run on with her life'

It is now claimed that Harrell made a number of angry phone conversations from behind bars in which he criticized Truong for raising more than $320,000 to cover the high cost of her care and rehabilitation. "The lady probably wants justice and some more ****. They'll try to max me out 20 years basically. That *****. I ain't going for it. The ***** already ran up $230,000 off GoFundMe. ***** better run on with her life," he railed.


"Like, ***** you done run up $230,000. Look. They say she ran up $230,000 and she'll be back walking in no less than a year," he allegedly said, according to the audio of the phone call obtained by ABC13. "We were snatching purses. I hopped out, snatched the purse, the lady ran with the money, I grabbed her, slammed her and she was paralyzed."

'This kid is a danger to others'

Initially set at $200,000, Harrell's bond was reduced to $100,000 due to the robbery allegation. Just over a week later, he was accused in another robbery case. In that instance, the bond was also decreased from $40,000 to $30,000. "My concern is for the public," said Douglas Griffith, President of the Houston Police Officers Union. "If this kid gets out of jail, he is going to victimize more individuals. He does not care about anyone but himself, and for the judge to lower his bond baffles my mind. I can't wrap my head around it. This kid is a danger to others and the community and needs to be locked up."


Despite the fact that Zy'Nika Woods, 19, was not seen on security footage of the robbery, she is also accused of participating as an accomplice, as per The Daily Mail. Truong allegedly withdrew money from an ATM on February 13 and Harrell trailed her for more than 23 miles. 

According to Houston police, the incident was a "jugging" assault, in which criminals target people who have just used a cash machine. The thief was captured on camera stealing an envelope from Truong's dispersed possessions that police think he believed to be her cash. He started to run but stopped after realizing he had picked up the incorrect envelope. He then ran off with the cash after body-slamming Truong to the ground. 

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