Man accused of church stabbing, carjacking
PLAQUEMINE - Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with a stabbing and attempted carjacking earlier this week in Plaquemine.
Investigators accused 53-year-old Donald S. Phillips Jr. of carjacking, aggravated kidnapping and attempted second degree murder.
Plaquemine Police said early Monday morning Phillips approached a woman in the at the lot of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and tried to take her car, grabbing her and throwing inside it. Police said Phillips then couldn't figure out how to start the car, which used a modern push-button ignition, and the woman was able to scream for help.
Police said Phillips eventually started the vehicle but abandoned it when people passing by were attracted by the woman's cries for help. As he ran off, police said Phillips stabbed the woman in the leg.
Plaquemine Police booked Phillips into the parish jail.