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JPSO: Woman who threatened to slit cashier's throat arrested

Patricia Meadows, 55 (Source: JPSO) Patricia Meadows, 55 (Source: JPSO)

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday arrested a woman in connection with four robberies and thefts, including one where she allegedly threatened to slit the throat of a cashier at a Metairie smoothie shop.

Patricia Meadows, also known as Patricia Tuttle, 55, was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center with one count each of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and two counts of misdemeanor theft. She was additionally booked on three arrest warrants issued on Nov. 7 for forgery, theft and bank fraud.

The following is a summary of each incident from the JPSO:

# 1 On Saturday, November 22, 2014, around 7:13 PM, a white female committed an armed robbery at the business of Smoothie Time, at 3908 Veterans Boulevard in Metairie. In this incident, the suspect entered the business, approached one of the two female employees, placed a knife to her neck and demanded money from the register. The second female victim, upon realizing what was taking place, opened the register and handed the money to the suspect. The suspect was seen getting into a light colored vehicle and driving away.

#2 On Monday, November 24, around 6:31 PM, a white female committed an attempted armed robbery at the business of Planet Beach, at 1006 South Clearview Pkwy in Metairie. In this incident, the suspect armed with a large knife approached a female employee and while pointing the knife at the victim demanded money from the register. The victim ran from the business, which caused the suspect to flee without taking anything.

Robbery Detective Russell Varmall, while conducting a follow-up investigation into the above two incidents also learned that a white female fitting the same description committed thefts from nearby businesses.

#3 On Monday, November 24, 2014, around 5:30 PM, a while female ran into the Starbucks Coffee Shop at 5161 Citrus Avenue and grabbed the tip jar, and fled.

#4 On Monday, November 24, 2014, around 6:40 PM, a female suspect walked into the Baskin Robbins store at 5171 Citrus Avenue and hung around inside of the business for a short time. When the opportunity presented itself, the suspect grabbed the tip jar and fled from the business. It should be noted, a partial license plate on the suspect's vehicle was provided to robbery detectives.

The suspect in each of these incidents was described as a white female, ranging in age from 40 to 60, 5'3” to 5'5”, with a thin build and brown or reddish-orange hair. With the partial license plate information provided by one of the victims, investigators focused their attention on a 2003 Toyota Corolla, registered to Patricia Meadows from Phlox Avenue in Metairie. Investigators said Meadows was positively identified in a photographic line-up by each victim in all of the above crimes incidents.

Police said Meadows has an extensive criminal history with arrests dating back to 1978. She has arrests for theft, forgery, issuing worthless checks, simple burglary, possession of stolen things, simple battery, crime against nature, prostitution and possession of narcotics. Meadows has 11 convictions, three for forgery, three for narcotics violations, one for theft of goods, one for possession of stolen things, one for crime against nature along with two for failure to register as a sex offender.

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