NEW ORLEANS, La. — Police in Louisiana have identified and arrested a teenager who carjacked a pastor’s wife on Tuesday and then ran over her with her own vehicle.
“Thanks to non-stop work by NOPD’s Homicide Division, we have made multiple arrests in this case,” the New Orleans Police Department announced on social media on Saturday.
Jontrell Robinson, 17, is now facing a charge of second-degree murder and carjacking. He allegedly confessed to the crime after being questioned about the matter.
The New Orleans Police Department reports that two others have also been arrested in connection with the crime, including Edwin Cottrell, 19, who along with a male minor, are accused of using a stolen vehicle to transport Robinson to the scene of the carjacking, and then helping him discard the woman’s minivan.
Both are facing principal to second-degree murder and principal to carjacking charges. Robinson and Cottrell are being held on $600,000 bail. The minor’s name has not been made public.
As previously reported, Jeannot Plessy, 49, drove to her adult daughter’s house on Tuesday night to pick up her younger children, who were being watched while she and her husband went out for a date. While carrying packages into the house, a man, now identified as Robinson, approached her vehicle.
She reportedly attempted to stop Robinson, struggling with him. He pushed her to the ground and proceeded to get into the car. Plessy’s son-in-law sought to intervene, attempting to pull Robinson out of the vehicle. However, Robinson succeeded in putting the car in reverse, thus backing over Plessy and dragging her son-in-law in the street.
Plessy later died at the hospital, and her son-in-law, who was knocked unconscious and suffered bleeding on the brain, is said to have since been released.
Plessy’s husband, David, led Crossover Christian Fellowship in New Orleans, and Plessy’s adult daughter, Nadia Sanchez, says that her mother was likewise active in seeking to help others.
“She did everything she could for the community. They served red beans every Monday in Central City. She just came back from a trip where she was a speaker throughout Samoa,” she stated.
“Every step we took together in our marriage was to show the love of Jesus to the people who are hurting,” David Plessy also remarked.
Sanchez, as well as Plessy’s 12-year-old son, witnessed the incident.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Plessy’s family cover her funeral arrangements, as well as to assist with the medical expenses of her injured son-in-law. Her funeral service is scheduled for Monday.
In Matthew 24:12, Jesus taught that in the last days, “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
2 Timothy 3:1-4 also outlines, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded [and] lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God…”