JLL Managing Director Loses Job After Arrest For Assault, Burglary
A high-ranking executive in JLL's Northern Virginia office is no longer employed by the company following his arrest on assault and burglary charges.
The Montgomery County State's Attorney's office filed charges of fourth-degree burglary and second-degree assault against Joshua Kurstin Nov. 29, court records show.
The charges stem from a Sept. 13 incident during which Kurstin, 37, allegedly entered his neighbors home and threatened to kill their dog after it injured his dog, WJLA reports, citing the charging documents.
The charging documents allege that Kurstin's dog, a Schnauzer-Poodle mix, attacked a larger German Shepherd and its 14-year-old owner. But Kurstin's dog, whom his wife was walking at the time, received the worst of the injuries from the fight and was taken to a veterinary hospital.
Kurstin then allegedly walked down the street and directly into the neighbor's house, where he shouted at a 17-year-old girl, whose parents were not home, according to the charging documents.
Kurstin was "aggressive, enraged, and threatened to kill their dog," the documents state. After the girl locked him out and called the police, he allegedly placed his hand in the mail slot to try to unlock the door. Upon seeing the German Shepherd outside, he allegedly lunged at the dog and provoked it, at which point the dog bit his leg and he kicked the dog.
Police arrested Kurstin and reported that he admitted to banging on the door, poking through the mail slot and threatening to harm the dog. He was booked on fourth-degree burglary and second-degree assault charges and released on bond that day.
A scheduling hearing is set for Dec. 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Kurstin is being represented by Rockville-based attorney Steven D. Kupferberg, who did not respond to requests for comment. The charges Kurstin faces carry a combined maximum sentence of 13 years in prison.
Kurstin began working for JLL in 2004, according to his LinkedIn page, and he worked out of the company's Tysons office representing office tenants throughout the D.C. area. In a statement responding to a request from Bisnow, JLL said he no longer works at the company.
"Josh Kurstin is no longer employed by JLL," said the statement, sent from a public relations representative and not attributed to a specific person at the company.
JLL declined to provide further details on when Kurstin left the company and under what circumstances. His LinkedIn page says he still works at JLL, and his biography was still up on the company's website as of Tuesday afternoon. The bio lists a series of high-profile clients that Kurstin has represented, including Ernst & Young, law firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP and The Pennsylvania State University.
Kurstin, a Montgomery County native, graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003, according to his LinkedIn page.