Alleged getaway driver in McDonalds robbery faces Troup County judge

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 25, 2015

Driver said she was unaware of robbery plan

By Melanie Ruberti

LaGRANGE — One of the suspects accused of robbing the McDonalds on Whitesville Road on Sept. 3 made her first appearance Thursday morning in Troup County Magistrate Court.

Monique Joanna Quarterman, 30, of Metter, heard the charge of armed robbery against her as LaGrange Police Lt. Dale Strickland laid out the details of her alleged role in the armed robbery and subsequent high speed.

Strickland told the court Quarterman and the co-defendant in the case, DaQuan Lakeivnn Ellis, 18, drove to LaGrange from Manchester. Quarterman’s 8-year-old daughter was in the back seat, the investigator said.

According to Strickland, the woman changed her story several times, but finally told detectives she drove to the truck stop next to the McDonalds so Ellis could take a shower.

“She said he got out, grabbed a bag … he was dressed in all long sleeves,” Strickland told the court. “She said he came back like he was in a hurry, not like someone who was coming back from taking a shower … so she knew something was up.”

The investigator stated Quarterman took off in a green Jeep Cherokee toward Interstate 85 when it was stopped by law enforcement officers with LaGrange Police Department, Troup County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol. Strickland said Quarterman and Ellis then quickly switched seats — Ellis became the driver — and fled the scene.

Quarterman allegedly told investigators that Ellis pointed a gun at her when they changed seats.

Strickland testified it was Ellis who led officers on a chase, driving north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 85 at speeds well over 100 miles per hour before the vehicle crashed and rolled several times in the off ramp of Interstate 185.

According to Strickland, detectives found clothing, currency, a handgun and a doo rag like the one McDonald’s employees and customers described the suspect as wearing, in or around the vehicle.

Both suspects were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, as was Quarterman’s daughter, who was flown to Columbus Medical Center, Strickland stated. She was not seriously hurt.

Strickland also testified that Ellis took full responsibility for the armed robbery of the McDonalds and said Quarterman had nothing to do with it.

Presiding Judge Vicki Sue McWaters bound the case over to Superior Court.

Quarterman was returned to the Troup County Jail.

In another case, Eddie Lipscomb, 36, made his first appearance in Troup County Magistrate Court. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and armed robbery after he allegedly walked into the Dollar General Store at 200 Colquitt St. on Aug. 28 and stole $132 in cash.

LPD Detective Adam Blane said Lipscomb entered the store two different times; the second time he came in and brandished a sharp weapon, either a knife or scissor blade, according to two employees inside the building.

Blane told the court he held the blade to one clerk’s stomach and made the clerk lead him to the registers, where he took the money before leaving the store.

LPD Detective Brian Brown testified LaGrange police officers caught Lipscomb hiding under a deck behind a home in the 200 block of East Hillside Drive on Sept. 8.

Brown said officers also found on him a pipe with what detectives believed to be cocaine residue.

He was charged with criminal trespass, possession of cocaine, obstruction and making terroristic threats and acts.

Brown alleged that Lipscomb eventually admitted to robbing the Dollar General during an interview with the detective.

The case was bound over to Troup County Superior Court.

Also Thursday, a man accused of fleeing from Troup County sheriff’s investigators when they tried to arrest him in front of the Money Back convenience store at 2600 Upper Big Springs Road on Aug. 24 made his first court appearance.

Daniel Chadwick Harris Jr. was charged with obstruction, driving while suspended, theft by receiving, tampering with evidence, three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark.

TCSO investigator Jason Newsome said Harris was driving a dirt bike on a public road when he and another investigator pulled the man over.

According to Newsome, Harris refused to put his hands behind his back, broke free and ran into nearby woods.

Once investigators identified the man and learned he was on probation, they received permission to search his home, Newsome said.

Newsome told the court investigators found live ammunition in Harris’ bedroom and a 12-gauge shotgun and two pistols in the attic. Another man who lived inside the home told the law enforcement officers the shotgun belonged to Harris.

Newsome testified investigators also discovered the dirt bike was stolen.

Harris’ case was bound over to Troup County Superior Court.

Melanie Ruberti is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.