Security, police arrest woman with machete at school by; Rick McCann www.privateofficer.com
NATCHITOCHES LA. Nov. 28, 2007 – Natchitoches police today arrested a Natchitoches woman who was carrying a machete on school grounds, authorities said. Janet Leigh Prestridge, 32, of the 6000 block of Highway 6 in Natchitoches, was taken into custody without incident.
A security officer who was on duty at the main entrance of Natchitoches Central High School noticed Prestridge carrying a machete as she entered a truck parked in the north end of the parking area. The security officer approached her and was able to get the machete away from her and took her into custody and then called the school resource officer. The officer and a Natchitoches deputy arrested Prestridge. During a search, a quantity of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia were found in her coat pocket. Prestridge is charged with one count each of carrying a dangerous weapon on school property, possession of a dangerous substance in a drug free zone, illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. She is in custody in the women’s jail in Rayville.
There was no word as to why the suspect was carrying the weapon on school grounds.
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