Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported an arrest has been made in the case of a 2006 murder of a Thibodaux man. Joey Folse (B/M, D.O.B. 11/23/77) of 668 Highway 308 in Thibodaux was arrested without incident on Thursday, March 29, 2012 and is charged with First Degree Murder in the shooting death of Bruce Williams in May 2006. Folse was also charged with Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery in the incident.
We hope this arrest can begin to bring some closure to the Williams family that has been living with unanswered questions for nearly six years, said Sheriff Webre. The key to solving a cold case investigation is a solid initial investigation, and the Thibodaux Police Department certainly provided that in this case. Over time, new technology was made available to help process evidence, and new witnesses came forward in addition to the original witnesses giving new information. Ultimately, the combination of the new evidence and information combined with information from the original investigation helped build a solid case and lead to Folses arrest.
On May 22, 2006, at approximately 1:30 A.M., Bruce Williams, 41-years-old at the time, was shot and killed during an attempted armed robbery near his home on Henderson Street in Thibodaux.
In late 2011, Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii asked the Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigations Division for assistance on the case. LPSO Cold Case Investigator John Dillmann was assigned the case in November 2011. After reviewing the case files, Dillmann proceeded to re-interview several witnesses and through investigation, found new witnesses to interview in the case. Dillmann developed the information he received which implicated Joey Folse in the crime. Because the investigation is continuing, specific details of Folses involvement in the crime are not being released at this time, but will likely be released in the future.
Dillmann obtained warrants for Folses arrest and attempted to have Folse turn himself in. When Folse failed to do so, the LPSO Criminal Investigations Division contacted the U.S. Marshals Service for assistance. Through investigation, detectives learned of Folses location, and he was arrested Thursday, March 29 at a residence in the 1500 block of Bonvillian Street in Houma. Folse was apprehended through a coordinated effort involving the Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office, Thibodaux Police Department, Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Office, Houma Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force New Orleans Office.
In all, Folse was arrested on seven active warrants in three separate incidents. In addition to the charges in the case of Williams death, Folse was also booked with one additional count each of Armed Robbery and Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery in an incident which occurred March 11, 2006 on the 100 block of Holly Street in Thibodaux. Additionally, Folse was booked with Attempted Armed Robbery and another count of Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery in a May 14, 2006 incident which occurred in the 1000 block of Harrison Street in Thibodaux.
Folse is currently being held without bond at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. His criminal history includes 24 prior arrests for a variety of charges and 22 prison stays.