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Man arrested for stabbing mother in the head with a machete, slashing second person at hospital


SHREVEPORT, LA – A 27-year-old man was arrested following an incident that transpired at a hospital in Shreveport on the afternoon of February 1st.

According to authorities, the suspect had allegedly stabbed his mother in the head with a machete, while also allegedly stabbing another hospital employee.

Furthermore, police suspect that this individual may be responsible for a murder that transpired in New Orleans one day prior to the hospital attack.

Zaokoye Chatman was arrested and booked by the Shreveport Police Department at approximately 1:21 a.m. on February 2nd, following the attack that occurred at the Ochsner hospital allegedly committed by the suspect during the afternoon of February 1st.

Chatman was said to have stabbed his mother in the head with a machete and also stabbed another hospital employee. According to Corporal Glenn Heckard, while the injuries sustained by the victims were serious – none of them were life threatening.

Following the incident at the hospital, the facility was reportedly locked down for a few hours after the attack as police believed at the time that the suspect may have still been on the premises as they were working the scene.

A statement regarding the “code silver”, which is a procedure related to denying entry and exit from the hospital, was released by Ochsner LSU Health following the incident:

“The safety of our team, patients and community is our greatest priority. An incident occurred at our Kings Highway Campus at approximately 2:30 p.m. today. Local law enforcement was immediately dispatched and hospital security initiated a Code Silver for the safety of our patients, visitors, staff and providers.”

“An All Clear was issued at 4:00 p.m. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement and will be sharing additional updates as available.”

Surveillance footage obtained by police confirmed that the suspect had fled the hospital following the attack in a green Saturn Vue.

At some point thereafter, authorities located and took Chatman into custody.

What’s all the more interesting in this case is that police suspect that Chatman may have been the individual responsible for a murder that transpired one day earlier in New Orleans.

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Said murder occurred on the afternoon of January 31st, when 59-year-old victim Donald Cargo was at an LA Xpress gas station within the 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue.

A witness to the murder, who is reportedly a store employee at the gas station, alleged to have seen the victim attacked by another man using what appeared to be a large knife that could have been a machete.

The suspect in that case allegedly pulled up behind Cargo, got out of his core, and slit the victims throat with a large knife.

Outside of the alleged weapon used in both crimes bearing strong similarities, the suspect description from the gas station murder as well as the vehicle utilized matches that of Chatman’s appearance and current vehicle.

The brother of the victim from the gas station slaying described his brother’s murder as being “cold” and rhetorically asked how someone could do such a thing:

“It’s cold you know… How could somebody do something like that? My brother, if you come at him, he’s going to talk. He’s not going to fight. He’s not going to try and harm you or hurt you or nothing, you know.”

Specific charges awaiting the suspect aren’t clear as of this time.

This is currently a developing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further details on this case.

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In other investigations involving homicides allegedly involving knife-wielding suspects, a group of juveniles were recently arrested in elsewhere in Louisiana for reportedly killing a 15-year-old girl inside of a Walmart. 

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Here’s that previous report. 


LAKE CHARLES, LA – Four juvenile suspects were arrested for the stabbing death of a 15-year-old girl inside of a Walmart, with one facing second degree murder and the three others facing principle to second degree murder.

The moments leading up to the altercation that turned murderous were also captured on video and uploaded to social media.

Police are currently not release the identities of either the victim or the four suspects arrested in the case, likely due to the suspects all being juvenile. Detectives were said to have arrested four girls, one aged 14, two aged 13, and one other aged 12 for the January 23rd murder of the 15-year-old victim.

According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, the confrontation that turned deadly transpired inside of a Walmart located in Lake Charles at approximately 7:30 p.m. on January 23rd.

Officials say that when the physical altercation transpired, the victim was stabbed by one of the suspects. Apparently, police say the knife used in the killing was actually stolen from within the Walmart.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso noted the disturbing moments captured and uploaded to social media:

“The whole murder was played out on [social media]…There appeared to be no remorse.  It was very cold.”

The lack of remorse mentioned by Sheriff Mancuso is likely in reference to some of the videos uploaded by the alleged perpetrators of this murder, where they can be seen mocking the victim after she was murdered inside of the Walmart.

Following the fatal incident, as the young suspects were fleeing in a vehicle, you can hear one of them clamoring that they, “just stabbed somebody at Walmart” and another saying:

“We just stabbed that bitch – we don’t give a fuck…We just stabbed that bitch in her heart”

Other videos apparently surfaced where some of the alleged suspects, obviously prior to their arrest, attempted to deliver some halfhearted apologies for the frankly cold regard they displayed when commenting on the death of that young girl.

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Even though the footage from the incident is unsettling, Sheriff Mancuso noted that thanks to this video being available on Facebook and Instagram – it affords law enforcement the needed evidence to quickly bring justice in this case:

“Our whole case unfolded before us through live Facebook and Instagram… We have videos of everything that took place and it’s very disturbing, it truly is.”

During the news conference where Sheriff Mancuso was speaking about the case, he described the entire matter as being “really heartbreaking”:

“It’s really heartbreaking when we have to come in and pick up the pieces because so many families are damaged.”

It is unclear whether the juveniles in this case will be prosecuted as such or prosecuted as adults. Under Louisiana criminal law, as it relates to the adult system, second-degree murder carries with it a life sentence without parole upon conviction

A conviction of principal to second-degree murder can also result in getting a life sentence in prison, if pursued through the adult court system.

This is a developing investigation. Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further updates into this case.


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