Suspect tells officers he was ‘tired of being picked on’
A Minden man who said he was "tired of being picked on," turned a knife on a teen-ager and another man, stabbing the two during a weekend altercation.
Jamarea J. Manning, 18, of the 200 block of Joel Street, was arrested by Minden Police officers for aggravated second degree battery and second degree battery cruelty to a juvenile after he used a knife on a 15-year-old male and a third party.
Police Chief Steve Cropper said officers Ryan Barnette and Ben Allen, along with Lt. Richard Cooper answered the original call.
"They were dispatched to Talton Street by a local food store in reference to a fight and stabbing," Cropper said. "The caller gave a physical description of the man with the knife and said he had been seen headed toward Miller-Pioneer Funeral Home."
Cropper said Sgt. Keith King was also dispatched and located Manning.
"Sgt. King identified Manning and questioned him about what happened," said the chief. "Manning indicated he had problems in the past with the juvenile and decided if he had any more problems with him, he would take care of business himself."
When the confrontation took place, Manning reportedly pulled out a knife and began slashing at the juvenile, cutting him.
"A third party – a 17-year-old man – witnessed the stabbing," Cropper said. "He went over and tried to intervene and break it up. When he did, Manning also cut him on the arm and hand."
Once officers confronted Manning, he reportedly told them what happened.
"These guys had been picking on him in the past, and he decided he wasn't going to be picked on any more," Cropper said.
A search of the area by officers and Webster Parish Sheriff's deputies turned up the knife near the grocery store, along with a trail of blood.
Both victims were taken to Minden Medical Center with non-life-threatening stab wounds.
The juvenile was reportedly transferred to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport where he underwent surgery.
"It could've been life-threatening for him (juvenile), if not for quick medical response," Cropper said. "He lost a lot of blood."
Manning was booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.