Detective reveals new details of deadly Raising Cane's robbery
GRETNA - A Kenner Police detective unleashed new and graphic details about the events of the morning when Raising Cane’s store manager Taylor Friloux was stabbed to death at a Monday preliminary hearing in a Gretna courtroom.
WWL-TV reported that Detective Brad Ricke described how surveillance cameras captured one of the suspects, identified as 23-year-old Joshua Every, as he stabbed Friloux in the restaurant parking lot. Friloux is seen grabbing her chest before Every pushes her into the door, leading her by the arm to try and get to the store’s safe.
Before the stabbing happened, the detective testified that Every and co-defendant 18-year-old Gregory Donald forced three employees to the ground at knifepoint as they went outside to take out the trash at the end of their shift. Eventually, the suspects let the other two unidentified workers go.
The detectives said Friloux got up and went to the back door to get the attention of other employees, but as she made her way for the door, she was stabbed in the chest by Every. The other employees ran to get someone to call 911 about the robbery in progress, but they unknowingly ran to the getaway car that was allegedly being driven by the third suspect, 24-year-old Mark Crockren.
Although Every wore a bandanna to cover his face and a hooded sweatshirt over his head during the robbery, several of the Raising Cane’s employees were able to recognize Every as a former employee. Every’s attorney questioned those identifications in court on Monday.
The detective testified that after Every led Friloux into the office to gain access to the safe, the woman collapsed.
“As she laid on the ground, Mr. Every stood over her and repeatedly stabbed in her the neck, head and chest,” Ricke said.
Authorities said one of Friloux’s ears was nearly cut off during the knife attack. She would die from stab wounds at the University Medical Center later that morning.
Every is in court to face first degree murder and several other charges.
Gregory Donald is also charged with first degree murder. His lawyer has denied that the man showed “specific intent” to kill Friloux. The prosecutor argued that Donald knew the woman had been stabbed and was bleeding and yet he still forced her, with Every’s help, into the office to get at the safe.
“He witnessed it. He was present. He allowed it to continue,” Prosecutor Tommy Block said.
Donald’s attorney countered by asking the detective on the stand whether he thought the woman was targeted and whether there was ever a plan to kill her.
“It is our belief that it was known to Mr. Every that Ms. Friloux would bring the garbage out at night against company policy. It was supposed to stay inside until the next morning,” Detective Ricke said.
After he turned himself in to authorities, Crockren said he “didn’t sign up for a murder” in regards to whether or not he conspired to kill Friloux with Every.
A fourth suspect, 22-year-old Ariana Runner, is also accused. Investigators say she functioned as a go-between for Every and Donald during the planning of the robbery.