On December 5, 2002 the Thibodaux Police Department received a 911 call from Wendy’s restaurant, 1135 Audubon Avenue, reporting that an armed robbery had just taken place. The responding officers arrived at the location where they were met by the night supervisor, Kelly Cooks. There were four other employees on duty at the time of the robbery. Cooks described the suspect as wearing a red sweatshirt, black pants and a tan LSU baseball cap. Another employee advised the police officers that she recognized the suspect and knew his first name to be Leon, but did not know his last name.
The officers were advised that the suspect male had entered the restaurant and had proceeded towards the restrooms. After leaving the restroom the suspect approached the cashier’s counter. At this point the suspect demanded that the cashier open the cash drawer. The cashier advised that the suspect had his hand inside his coat and it appeared that he had a handgun pointing at her. When the suspect was told that the cash drawer could not be opened he lunged across the counter in an attempt to get to the cash drawer. The suspect was then able to open the drawer and remove the cash. After taking the money the suspect attempted to open a second cash drawer, but was unsuccessful. The suspect then fled the area on foot.
A few minutes later a subject, fitting the description of the robbery suspect, was located near the NSU baseball stadium. The officers identified the subject as Leon Clemons. Clemons was taken into custody and transported to the Thibodaux Police Department where he was processed and charged with one count of Armed Robbery. Clemons was also charged with one count of Simple Criminal Damage to Property for damaging a computer monitor at the police department. A large amount of cash was also recovered from Clemons.
Clemons was transported to the Lafourche parish Detention Center awaiting an arraignment.