Geismar man indicted in armed robbery, kidnapping

Staff reports

An Ascension Parish grand jury indicted a Geismar man Feb. 1 in the kidnapping and armed robbery of three McDonald’s employees making a bank deposit Thanksgiving Day 2008, according to prosecutors.

The jury charged Marquis Favre, 21, 37222 Anderson Road, with armed robbery and three counts of aggravated kidnapping, prosecutors said.

The jury convened and listened to an hour of testimony by a Gonzales Police Department investigating detective and a Louisiana State Police Crime Lab technician.

If convicted, he faces up to a 99-year sentence for the robbery count and mandatory life sentences for aggravated kidnapping, prosecutors with the 23rd Judicial District Court said.

Favre has been in Ascension Parish Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Gonzales police previously said Favre took $8,000 from the employees of the Gonzales McDonald’s on Airline Highway.

Gonzales police investigated the incident for about a year before they were led to Favre, prosecutors said.

Police arrested Favre Dec. 14 once the crime lab determined DNA left inside one of the employee’s vehicles was Favre’s, police said.

One of the employees, an assistant manager who is also Favre’s girlfriend, remains a person of interest, according to police.

Favre allegedly accosted the assistant manager and two other employees at the Capitol One Bank on Burnside Avenue in Gonzales Nov. 27, 2008.

Armed with a pistol, Favre reportedly ordered the assistant manager from the bank ATM into her vehicle, and he held the employees hostage as they drove him to the foot of the Sunshine Bridge on Hwy. 70 in St. James Parish, police have said.

Favre drove away after he forced the employees out of the vehicle, according to police.

Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Johnson presented the case for District Attorney Ricky Babin’s office.