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Arrested: Man who stabbed his mother in the head & her coworker at hospital; believed to be behind N.O. machete killing

Zaokoye Chatman, 27, has been arrested and booked with aggravated battery in the Shreveport hospital attack.

NEW ORLEANS — A 27-year-old man has been arrested and booked after an attack that injured his mother and another hospital employee at a Shreveport hospital Monday.

The arrest of Zaokoye Chatman was noted on the Shreveport Police Department booking web site early Tuesday morning. The arrest was said to have occurred at 1:21 a.m. Tuesday.

Police believed Chatman is likely the same man who attacked and killed a Meraux man with a machete after an altercation at a gas station in New Orleans Sunday. However, a press release identifying Chatman as a suspect in the Shreveport attack did not mention the New Orleans incident.

The suspect in both cases was said to be driving an older model Saturn Vue and the description of the attacker was similar.

A photo that accompanied the news release showed an older photo of Chatman. Police indicated that he now had short dreadlocks. 

The attack in Shreveport occurred at an Ochsner facility, according to KTBS-TV. The TV station reported that a man stabbed his mother in the head and also stabbed another employee. Corporal Glen Heckard told the station that the injuries to both victims were "serious but non-life-threatening. 

Credit: Shreveport Police Dept.

The hospital was locked down for a couple of hours after the attack as police thought the suspect may have still be on the premises. 

Sunday, a man slashed 59-year-old Donald Cargo with what has been described as either a machete or a big knife.

According to New Orleans police, Cargo was near the LA Xpress gasoline pumps in the 5100 block of St. Claude Avenue about 1:25 pm when he was attacked.

A store employee who did not want to give his name told WWL-TV, Cargo was stabbed by another man who pulled up behind him, got out of his car and pointed at his vehicle.

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The employee said the man pulled out a large knife that might have been a machete and cut Cargo’s neck.

“It’s cold you know,” Cargo’s brother Joe said. “How could somebody do something like that? My brother if you come at him, he’s going to talk. He’s not going to fight. He’s not going to try and harm, you are hurt you or nothing, you know.”