Trouble at Norco Christmas Parade

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 7, 2011



HAHNVILLE – An argument between two women after the Norco Christmas Parade Sunday escalated into a physical altercation and eventually led to three arrests and two injured St. Charles Parish deputies, according to a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Two juveniles, a 16-year-old male and a 14-year-old female, were also arrested in connection with the incident, which occurred on Apple Street just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot where children were waiting in line to get pictures with Santa Claus at the end of the annual parade, said Capt. Pat Yoes, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Yoes said it is not clear what sparked the argument that led to the fight between Anika A. Jackson, 32, of Norco and Keshonda A. Jackson, 25, of Gramercy. He said the women were yelling profanities in front of a large crowd of onlookers and both were told several times to leave the area.

Yoes said when the women refused to leave, deputies attempted to arrest them. During the act of arrest, the women began kicking and punching deputies trying to detain them.

The third adult arrested was Blaire Odum, 18, of Destrehan, who is accused of encouraging the two women to continue resisting arrest after being told to leave the area. He was also accused of inciting a riot.

Anika Jackson, who lives at 208 Apple St., was booked with battery on a police officer, two counts of resisting an officer, resisting arrest by violence and disturbing the peace. Keshonda Jackson, who lives at 1353 N. Ezidore St., Gramercy, was booked with battery of a police officer, battery on a police officer with injury, three counts of resisting an officer with violence and disturbing the peace.

Yoes said Keshonda Jackson in being held on a $55,000 bond and Anika Jackson is being held on a $15,00 bond. Odum was released Monday after posting a $250 bond.

Yoes said while the officers were attempting to make arrests, the 16-year-old allegedly ran up from behind and punched one of the officers in the back of the head causing him to fall to the ground and lose consciousness for several seconds. The deputy’s duty holster was damaged in the fall.

Three other deputies attempted to arrest the 16-year-old, who continued to resist. After numerous verbal commands from officers, the boy was hit with a Taser. He then complied with the demands, Yoes said. He said the 14-year-old girl attempted to run at officers making the arrest, but she was stopped before she had a chance to strike any deputies.

The 16-year-old was booked with battery on a police officer with injury, resisting on officer with force, three counts of resisting an officer, disturbing the peace and simple criminal damage to property. The 14-year-old was booked with simple battery, disturbing the peace and resisting by refusing to move on.

Yoes said the deputies suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported. He said the 16-year-old was the only individual a Taser was used on during the incident.