Father, son and son's girlfriend arrested for carjacking and armed robbery
POSTED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 4:04am
Slidell, LA — Late Friday evening, June 1, 2012, Slidell Police arrested 24-year-old Jareth Vinet and his girlfriend, 17-year-old Jollynne Corter for Armed Robbery and Carjacking.
At 12:30am on Thursday morning, the Slidell Police Department responded to the intersection of Kostmayer Avenue and City Drive after the victim frantically called 911 to report that she had just been robbed at gunpoint. The victim told responding officers that she was on her way to pick up her nephew from a friend’s house, but was flagged down by a female who appeared to be in distress. The female was Jollynne Corter. As the victim was speaking to Corter, her boyfriend, Jareth Vinet, approached the drivers-side of the vehicle and brandished a black pistol. Vinet violently forced the victim out of the vehicle and then ripped her purse off of her arm. Vinet and Corter both jumped in the vehicle and fled the area.
By sheer coincidence, the victim’s nephew, who decided to walk home since his aunt was carjacked, told the reporting officer that he was just stopped by a male and female who told him they had just been robbed and needed to use his phone. Unbeknownst to the victim’s nephew and the police, the male and female were Corter and Vinet, the same duo that had recently carjacked his aunt. As police searched for the alleged victims, they had already fled. It was eventually discovered that the duo got scared when they saw the police in the area, so they abandoned the car approximately two blocks from the initial crime. The vehicle has since been recovered.
Detectives were eventually able to put the pieces together and link Corter and Vinet to the carjacking. Early Friday morning, warrants were issued for the duo. The Slidell Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force began the manhunt for both Corter and Vinet. During the course of the manhunt, it was discovered that Corter and Vinet fled to a friend’s residence in Pearlington, Mississippi. Slidell Police paired up with the Hancock County Sherriff’s office, and shortly before midnight on Friday, had both suspects in custody. It was discovered that Vinet’s father, Larry Vinet, aided the duo in their escape from the law. The gun used during the carjacking belonged to Larry Vinet, who was trying to hide the weapon from police. The gun has been recovered and Larry Vinet was charged with Accessory After the Fact to both Armed Robbery and Carjacking.
Corter has waived extradition and is currently in the Slidell City Jail where she will ultimately be transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail where a bond will be set. Larry Vinet is also in the Slidell City Jail and is awaiting transfer. Jareth Vinet refused extradition from Mississippi and detectives are currently working on a governor’s warrant in order to have Vinet transferred back to Louisiana.