A joy ride reportedly led to a stabbing

Published 2:19 pm Friday, September 26, 2008

Taking another person’s vehicle for a joy ride allegedly led to a stabbing.

Tuesday evening, a male juvenile decided to take a female juvenile’s vehicle for a joy ride and later was stabbed during an altercation that ensued shortly afterward he arrived home.

Four females were charged in the incident, two of whom are adults and identified as Laquesh Holmes, 22, of 2703 Victoria Dr., and Shantia Roberts, 21, of 2807 Victoria Dr.

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As the male juvenile was taking the car for a joy ride, the owner of the vehicle asked him to return it as he passed by her. When it became apparent that the male juvenile would not return the car, the female juvenile struck the male juvenile’s vehicle on the windshield with her fist, said Picayune Police Public Information Officer Capt. Theresa Milar.

The male juvenile saw her strike his car and stopped, asking her why she did that. A verbal altercation ensued and the female juvenile asked the male juvenile for $10 in gas money and reportedly said if he failed to bring the money to school the next day, there would be a fight between them. Milar said the male then told the female that they could fight then and he punched her in the nose before jumping in his car and leaving the scene.

Later that evening the female juvenile and three of her female friends went to the home of the male juvenile on Jarrell Street. The father of the male juvenile told the group of females that his son was not home, and called the police. Before officers arrived, the male juvenile pulled into his driveway and a physical altercation took place.

During the fight the male juvenile was cut with a box cutter, leaving about a seven inch gash from the victim’s ribcage to his back. Officers arrived to see the physical altercation and broke it up. The argument continued verbally, Milar said. The officer then observed the large gash on the victim’s abdomen and called for medical assistance.

An ambulance took the victim to a Slidell, La., hospital where surgery was performed on the victim. The victim was last known to be in stable condition, Milar said.

Holmes was charged with felony aggravated assault and Roberts was charged with simple assault, Milar said. The other two females, both juveniles aged 16 and 17, also were charged with simple assault.