PA couple indicted after Groves woman pistol whipped & husband assaulted
Published 12:11 am Friday, February 21, 2020
GROVES — A Port Arthur couple has been indicted for a violent January robbery that police said targeted a Groves couple at Beverly Place Apartment Complex.
Derodziya Mitchell — also known as Derodziya D. Mitchell, Dontrell Mitchell, and De`Rodziya Mitchell, 30, of Port Arthur — and his girlfriend, Jaime Nicole Alfred, 26, also of Port Arthur, were indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury earlier this week for a Jan. 19 crime.
According to court documents, a 28-year-old Groves man walked outside his apartment to meet his wife, age 25, and was confronted by Mitchell, who was reportedly armed with a black handgun.
Police said Mitchell pointed the gun directly at the victim and demanded money. As he did so, the victim put his hands up and began walking backwards until he got inside his apartment. He told police he was afraid Mitchel was going to kill him.
The male victim knew his wife would be home from work soon and walked outside to see Mitchell pointing the same gun at his wife saying, “give me my money.”
The female victim said she didn’t know what he was talking about and that’s when Mitchell reportedly hit her in the face with the gun, knocking her down.
She told police she got up quickly because she was scared he was going to kill her. He kept pointing the gun at her, demanding money and she continued to tell him she didn’t have any.
He then used the gun to hit her on top of the head, knocking her down again before searching her pants pockets for money — he didn’t find any.
Police said Mitchell then began looking through her backpack, which was on the ground, and she got up to walk to her apartment. Her husband ran between the gunman and his wife but Mitchell turned the gun on him.
Police said Jaime Nicole Alfred, Mitchell’s girlfriend, “came out of nowhere” and began assaulting the female victim and at one point Mitchell ran over and hit the female victim in the head and face but the victim wasn’t sure if it was with the gun or his fist.
Finally Mitchell told Alfred to let the female up then Alfred reportedly went to the woman’s truck and took her phone and wallet, authorities said. As Mitchell and Alfred left, they threatened the woman verbally.
Mitchel was arrested Jan. 21 and remains in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on two counts of aggravated robbery each with bonds totaling $250,000.
Alfred was arrested Jan. 19 and remains in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on one count of aggravated robbery on a $100,000 bond.
Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony.