Trio accused of robbing Monroe man of $15,000

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Three people are facing charges of felony armed robbery and criminal conspiracy after being accused of robbing a man of $15,000 and his cellular phone.

According to Ouachita Parish court records, on December 28th the victim was exiting his Holiday Cove home when he was approached by a man armed with a pistol. The victim stated the suspect held the gun to his head and demanded his money. The victim reported two others, a man and a woman, joined the first suspect soon afterward.

Investigators said the victim was able to give them a description of the suspects and their vehicle, including the license plate. The vehicle was stopped by the Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office along I-20 westbound and the people inside were detained.

Court records indicate Autumn Nicole Johnson-McPhate, 18, said she knows the victim through a social media dating site and was aware he often keeps large amounts of money at his home. She also allegedly said she along with four others conspired to commit the robbery and then followed through with the crime.

Investigators said McPhate told them she went to the victim's home to occupy his attention and left the door unlocked for two others to enter. They said she only identified the suspects by their nicknames of "Qua" and "Grump". McPhate allegedly said "Qua" was armed with a pistol. She also allegedly said two other suspects stayed in the car, Cortez Trashawn Darnell, 23, was allegedly the driver and Shawn Michael Rachal, 27, was allegedly the front seat passenger. Authorities said McPhate told them "Qua" and "Grump" took the victim's money and cell phone then they all fled in the vehicle.

McPhate, Darnell, and Rachal were in the vehicle when it was reportedly stopped by the Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office.

Arrest records show bond for McPhate is set at $500,000.