PRESS RELEASE From: Police Department Contact: Public Information Officer, Lt. Malcolm Dupre Date: March 24, 2004
City of Thibodaux 1309 Canal Blvd. Thibodaux, LA 70301 985-446-7214
Armed Robbery of A-to-B Taxi Service Employee
On March 24, 2004 at approximately 1:20 A.M., the ThibodauxPolice Department received a complaint of Armed Robbery from an employee of A– To – B Regional Taxi Services.Theemployee stated that she received a telephone call requesting a pick up fromWal-Mart Super Center to be dropped off in the Midland area.Arriving at the food side entrance of Wal-Mart, two black males enteredthe taxi.Entering the taxi, onesat in the front passenger seat, and the other sat in the rear seat behind thedriver.As they entered theMidland area, the front passenger told her to stop the car.Stopping the car, the driver said the rear passenger held an object tothe nape of her neck telling her to give the front passenger her money.Fearful of getting injured, the driver said she handed the frontpassenger all of the money she had, a small sum of cash, as the taxi servicedoes not carry any large amounts of money.The two males then exited the taxi after taking the taxi company cellulartelephone.The two robbers fled thearea on foot in the direction of Eagle Drive.
With the help of video surveillance, the two black malesriding in the taxi, along with an additional accomplice, were positivelyidentified and arrested later in the afternoon of March 24, 2004, the same dateas the robbery.
Upon interviewing the three suspects following theirarrests, confessions of the robbery were obtained.During the confessions, it was learned that the third persontook part in the planning and assisting in the robbery.The third person, Graylin Williams, dropped off the other tworobbers at Wal-Mart while waiting in his vehicle for the arrival of the taxi.After the taxi drove away with the two fares, Williams followed in hisvehicle to the Midland area where the two, after committing the first-degreerobbery, met up with him.
The three suspects are Quinton A. Smith (B/M; d.o.b. 5/8/86of 278 Rosedale Road, Napoleonville, La.), D’Marcus Coleman (B/M; d.o.b.2/12/86 of 607-A Government Circle, Thibodaux, La.), and Graylin Williams Jr.(B/M; d.o.b. 12/28/82 of 320 Lee Drive, Thibodaux, La.).All three were charge with First Degree Robbery with eachhaving a bond in the amount of $100,000.00.All were transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center uponcompletion of booking.
Detectives Laura Guise, who was called out by patroldivision after the original complaint, acted as lead detective.Detectives Matthew Chiasson, Brian Tauzin, Greg Navarre, and LieutenantKyle Cressionne, worked along with Detective Guise to developed additionalinformation, which led to the apprehension of the three robbers.Sergeant Calvin Cooks and Lieutenant Sherman Berry in the identificationand location of the three suspects also assisted these detectives.
Detectives later learned that D’Marcus Colemanfalsified his name and it was discovered that his true identity is Cody Coleman.