Southeastern student arrested for stabbing a woman

HAMMOND, La. — A 20-year-old Southeastern Louisiana University student was arrested by Hammond Police for aggravated battery.

Paige Bankston, 20, of Ponchatoula was arrested after Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron said two women appear to have gotten into some sort of argument in downtown Hammond.

Chief Bergeron said they received a call for help around 3 a.m. on February 5.

Bankston was on Cate St. in downtown Hammond with another woman, when they got into an argument out about going home. That’s when Chief Bergeron said Bankston allegedly pulled out a knife and hit the victim with it. The victim had cuts to her index finger and her chest.

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The Southeastern University student also had cuts on her from using her own knife.

Hammond officers responded to the call at 3:04am, less than a minute after the call went to 911.

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“We have four officers who are assigned to only work downtown Hammond for the university crowds between Thursday and Sunday for reasons like this,” said Chief Bergeron. “We’re thankful this did not turn out even worse and that our officers were able to respond so quickly.”

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