Reserve Street Camper With Warrants Gets Caught With Meth


On September 20, 2022, officers from the Missoula Police Department responded to a report of a disturbance behind a building in the 4800 block of North Reserve Street. When the officer arrived he encountered the whistleblower who said he heard a man and a woman loudly arguing in the woods behind the construction site where he worked.

As the officer spoke with the complainant, a man, later identified as 32-year-old Joshua Hensyel, came out of the woods. According to police public information officer Lydia Arnold, Hensyel was screaming and visibly upset.

“The officers spoke to him and when he calmed down Joshua gave them a name,” Arnold said. “Later in the investigation, Joshua testified that he provided officers with a false name and a false date of birth. During the preliminary investigation, officers were able to interview all parties and witnesses involved They learned that the dispute was about the campsite.

Court documents indicate that the officer observed that there was blood on the bridge of Hensyel’s nose as well as a small abrasion. Hensyel said he and his girlfriend lived in the woods behind the construction site and woke up cold, leading to an argument. He said the argument was only verbal and that he fell as he tried to leave the camp, causing the abrasion on his nose.

“One of the parties involved provided Joshua Hensyel’s real name and officers learned he had a warrant for his arrest,” Arnold said. “During the investigation, Hensyel became angry and did not cooperate with officers. As officers handcuffed him, a small bag of a crystalline substance, which officers recognized as methamphetamine, fell from Hensyel’s person.

A true-Narc test for the substance was performed, which gave a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine. The state is awaiting chemical analysis from the State Crime Lab.

Hensyel is currently charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs and obstructing a peace officer. On September 21, 2022, Hensyel made his first court appearance in Missoula and his bail was set at $25,000.

The information in this article was obtained from publicly available sources.

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