EBRSO: Arrest made in Cortana Walmart case


East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – 35-year-old Joycie Marie Abraham is behind bars in connection with the incident that occurred at the Walmart near Cortana Mall on Monday.

The affidavit states that Abraham was arrested on Tuesday, June 16 after an investigation showed that she knew Gabriel Francis committed a crime and subsequently helped the suspect escape capture.

This all started when an EBRSO deputy was working an extra assignment at the store and was made aware that someone had switched purchase tags on some items and did not pay for said items.

Francis then engaged the EBRSO deputy and took the deputies handgun after a struggle on the ground.

The suspect then fired the stolen handgun at the deputy, according to the affidavit.

After this, Francis left the scene but not before losing possession of his wallet.

The wallet contained the Louisiana state identification for Francis.

Joycie Abraham was found to have aided Francis by driving him to and from the location in a Buick Lacrosse.

Abraham is facing these charges:

  • Accessory after the fact to first-degree attempted murder
  • Accessory after the fact to disarming a peace officer
  • Accessory after the fact to resisting an officer
  • Accessory after the fact, felon in possession of a firearm 

Authorities are still searching for Gabriel Francis.

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