STPSO locates woman who attacked clerk

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies located the woman accused of stabbing a convenient store employee in Ponchatoula on August 26th.

STPSO deputies found Tabitha Mielke, 22, of Lacombe near the intersection of Louisiana Highway 1088 and Louisiana Highway 36 at around 7:30 a.m.

Officials say while driving in the area, a patrol sergeant saw a dark blue Nissan Frontier truck flipped over in the wood line near the intersection. Louisiana State Police is investigating the crash.

When law enforcement stopped to help, Mielke showed a knife and threatened to kill herself.

Authorities say Mielke stabbed herself multiple times before the deputies were able to calm her down. They took the knife and took her into custody. She was transported by emergency medical personnel to a local hospital.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 26, Ponchatoula PD officers were dispatched to Shan’s Quick Stop at the corner of N. Hoover Road and Hwy 22 East because of a hold-up alarm.

When the officers arrived they found a man inside the store who had been stabbed multiple times. He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover.

When Mielke is released from the hospital, she will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center as a fugitive on warrants from Ponchatoula.

Officials with the Ponchatoula Police Department say Mielke will be charged with attempted second-degree murder, vehicle burglary and terrorizing.

“I am thankful to our patrol sergeant who observed the crashed truck and stopped, possibly saving this woman from taking her own life or harming another person,” said St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I am also pleased that we were able to assist Ponchatoula Police in locating the individual wanted after she violently attacked and injured someone in their jurisdiction.”

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