Christmas turns violent for one Luling family

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 2, 2010



HAHNVILLE – Three Luling residents were arrested Monday following a Christmas morning argument and stabbing that put a man in the hospital, according to a release from the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange, a public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, said the 33-year-old victim, also a resident of Luling, was stabbed at least seven times in the back by his girlfriend’s daughter, Paige Drolla, 19. Drolla stabbed the victim as he wrestled with her boyfriend, 22-year-old Eugene Plake.

LaGrange said the incident took place around 4 a.m. Christmas morning at 205 Sixth St., where the victim and all three arrestees live. According to a Sheriff’s Office release, the occupants of the home got into an argument before Plake and the victim began to wrestle on the floor. LaGrange said detectives do not yet know what sparked the fracas.

During the initial investigation into the incident, the victim’s girlfriend, Raquel Dufrene, 39, told authorities the stabbing occurred during a robbery attempt by three unknown men, LaGrange said. She told detectives she had driven the victim to Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans following the stabbing.

The victim later revealed to detectives that Drolla had stabbed him with an unknown sharp object. LaGrange said deputies were unable to recover the weapon from the scene.

LaGrange said Drolla was booked with attempted first-degree murder, while Dufrene and Plake were each booked with accessory to attempted first-degree murder. Dufrene was released Monday after posting a $5,000 bond. Drolla and Plake are being held at the Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility in Killona in lieu of bonds of $50,000 for Plake and $500,000 for Drolla.