Police release disturbing new details in killing of Cane's manager

Police release disturbing new details in killing of Cane's manager
23-year-old Joshua Every (Source: Kenner Police)
23-year-old Joshua Every (Source: Kenner Police)

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - As the memorial continued to grow outside Raising Cane's in Kenner, police on Thursday released new details about the armed robbery and fatal stabbing of shift manager Taylor Friloux.

"She had a total of eight stab wounds," said Police Chief Michael Glaser.

Police said 24-year-old Mark Crocklen Jr. turned himself in to the St. John sheriff and admitted to driving the getaway car.

"He said he agreed to participate in a robbery, but not a homicide. That's when he went to the St. John deputies, and then came back to Kenner and laid out he whole plan," Glaser said.

Glaser said Joshua Every, a former employee of Raising Cane's, orchestrated the whole thing and even wore his old Cane's uniform during the robbery.

"He was actively recruiting people to help. He needed somebody to drive a car. He needed somebody to go in with him," Glaser said.

U.S. Marshals arrested Every on Wednesday.

Investigators believe that early Wednesday morning, Every and another suspect approached Taylor Friloux and two other employees as they threw out trash in the back of the restaurant. They said Every was wielding a knife, and when Friloux refused to open the back door for them, he stabbed her in the chest.

"She was forced in. She unlocked the safe. They emptied the contents of the safe," Glaser said.

On the way out, surveillance video shows Friloux collapse. At that point, investigators said Every stabbed her several more times before he and the other suspect jumped into the getaway car and took off.

"You get the money you want. You're fleeing the store, and to stop and stab someone who's motionless and laying on the floor - there's something more to it," Glaser said.

Police said it's unclear why Every stabbed Friloux so many times after she had already collapsed. They're now investigating it as a possible hate crime that may have been racially or gender motivated.

"Some have indicated to us that he has a dislike to certain people. I don't know if it was the white race or the female race, but he was hard to work with," Glaser said.

Right now, Every and Crocklen are booked with first-degree murder, three counts of armed robbery and criminal conspiracy. Police said a third suspect is in custody, and they're expecting to book him later tonight. They also said a woman was in the getaway car when the robbery and murder happened. She remains at large.

Police said the surveillance video of the incident is evidence and will not be released.

Cane's corporate office said Thursday that founder and CEO Todd Graves and other executives have been in communication with Taylor's mom and have made arrangements for Raising Cane's to cover all funeral expenses. Cane's has also been offering counseling for its employees.

The Kenner restaurant will remain closed for at least another couple of days, according to a spokeswoman - possibly until after the funeral.

The funeral is set for Tuesday at Garden of Memories in Metaire. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the funeral service to follow.

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