Man arrested in Plaquemine stabbing incident

: Emergency officials were called to Roucher's Meat Market in Plaquemine after reports of a woman suffering substantial stab wounds in the neck area.

Approximately 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 31, emergency officials were called to Roucher’s Meat Market in Plaquemine with reports of a woman suffering from multiple stab wounds.

            Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said the woman suffered “substantial stab wounds in the neck area.”  A woman driving down Bayou Road witnessed what looked like a car accident when she saw the victim flee from a maroon Ford Focus.

            The woman called the police then drove the victim to Roucher’s Meat Market where an Iberville Sheriff Deputy was stationed.

            Deputies then returned to the scene and found that the car was gone.

            Sheriff Stassi identified the suspect as 31-year-old Travis Howell, white male, who may have been driving the maroon Ford Focus.

            The victim was rushed to Lady of the Lake hospital where she underwent surgery to treat her wounds.

            While searching for the suspect, Sheriff Stassi issued a warning to neighboring parishes to look out for Howell and the maroon Ford Focus.  St. Landry Parish Deputies found and arrested Howell around 4 p.m.  He was transported back to Iberville Parish jail where he was booked and charged with attempted second-degree murder.

            According to WAFB, officials say Howell has been convicted for theft, simple burglary, and drug possession.  His most recent conviction was for felony theft.  He was then released for good behavior and placed on parole supervision in late April 2014 and was off probation in July 2015.