LaPlace break-in ends in stabbing

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007


Staff Reporter

LAPLACE – Christmas Eve, a time of joy for most of the America, wasn’t pleasant for Tommy Hanna.

A 21-year-old male intruded into a LaPlace trailer at midnight in a drug induced rage and stabbed Hanna, whom he’d never met, when he failed to find his originally intended target, according to reports from the St. John Sheriff’s Office.

Hanna, 40, was awoken by his girlfriend when Josh Cambre, restrained by three men, intruded into the trailer and began calling for &#8220Big Headā€ to come out to the living room. Hanna walked into the living room and informed Cambre that no one else was in the trailer. Cambre responded, &#8220You’ve got a problem,ā€ and slashed him across the face with a small knife, causing a laceration that stretched from his cheek bone to his chin, according to the St. John Sheriff’s Office.

Hanna’s injury was too severe to be treated at River Parishes Hospital in LaPlace and arrangements were made to send the victim to Hotel Dieu Hospital in New Orleans to repair the damage.

The three males that attempted to restrain Cambre accompanied him to prevent him from violence and have not been charged with any crimes, according to the St. John Sheriff’s Office. Debra St. Germain, Hanna’s girlfriend, said in a statement that Cambre also stabbed one of the three men.

The suspect was placed under arrest for aggravated battery less than an hour after the incident and also had an outstanding attachment for contempt of court. Neither Hanna nor St. Germain were residents of the trailer and could not press charges for unlawful entry.

St. Germain said in a statement that Cambre probably knew her daughter, the resident of the trailer.