Teens throw grandma out of her car and run her over with the vehicle right outside her daughter's house
17-year-old Jontrell Robinson,18-year-old Edwin Cottrell, and another unidentified 15-year-old have been arrested in connection with the death of 49-year-old Jeannot Franco Plessy
Three teens have been arrested in the fatal carjacking incident in the Milneburg neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana that claimed the life of 49-year-old Jeannot Franco Plessy. Two of the suspects have been revealed to be 17-year-old Jontrell Robinson and 18-year-old Edwin Cottrell, with the 15-year-old third juvenile's identity remaining under wraps.
According to Fox 8 Live, the incident unfolded on Tuesday, November 27, around 8:30 pm in the evening in the 2400 block of Prentiss Avenue. Jeannot was going to pick up her two pre-teen children from her daughter and son-in-law's house after a date night with husband and local pastor David Plessy when a suspect ambushed her.
Police said Robinson ran up to her vehicle, pulled the 49-year-old out from the car, and threw her to the ground before getting in himself. Her son-in-law reportedly tried to stop the carjacking but was too late, with Robinson putting the car in reverse and running over the grandmother.
Jeannot was critically injured and rushed to the hospital for treatment but would succumb to her injuries despite the best efforts of doctors. The cause of her death was determined to be blunt force trauma, with the unsavory accident leaving the other residents of the quiet neighborhood in a state of shock.
Speaking about the incident at the time, neighbor Lilly Argue said, "We are all just devastated because this is normally a quiet neighborhood and we woke up this morning to hear something like this happened it’s just awful. This is a pretty quiet neighborhood. It has changed some since Hurricane Katrina. There is more foot traffic but it’s awful and we’re all just very devastated."
WWLTV reported the comments of David, who called the crime one of "selfishness and desperation," and said he missed his wife who was the "most beautiful, honest, caring, strong, funniest, loveliest person that I've ever met in my life."
The New Orleans Police Department launched an investigation into the carjacking and zeroed in on the 17-year-old Robinson, who was charged with second-degree murder and carjacking. Cottrell and the other unidentified juvenile were charged with being a principal to second-degree murder and principal to carjacking.
Fox reported that Jeannot was a mother-of-five who had co-founded the outreach ministry Crossover Christian Fellowship with her husband more than a decade ago. "Every step we took we took together in our marriage was to show the love of Jesus to the people who are hurting," David said, adding that his wife was a domestic abuse survivor who had only recently returned from an evangelical trip to American Samoa during domestic violence awareness month.
However, despite the tragic killing, the pastor said he wanted to spread to compassion, "I would think that one inclination would be to scream out for justice and scream out of anger and perhaps that's a stage of my grief that's in front of me," he said. "But, I know my wife has never failed to forgive anyone who has hurt her."
Both Robinson and Cottrell have been booked into the Orleans Justice Center, with bonds set at $600,000 each. They are scheduled to appear in court on December 27.