Interaction with juvenile prompts charges

Ruston Police arrested a woman Friday morning after she allegedly threatened her boyfriend’s daughter with a knife during an evening of taunting and teasing the child.

The juvenile and her mother visited the police station in the early hours of September 16 to report the incident. The victim said she was at her father’s residence on Eastland Avenue with her father’s girlfriend and her children when she was teased. She left with a friend and later returned to more bullying. 

The victim said Reshonda Dismuke, 29, of Ruston, poured Kool-Aid on her blouse. A video provided to officers showed Dismuke saying she wanted to kill the victim before going into the kitchen and retrieving a knife. One of Dismuke’s juvenile sons is heard on the video saying, “No, mom, you’re gonna go to jail.” Dismuke retreats to the kitchen. 

Dismuke is also seen on the video conducting a lewd act in taunting the victim.

Officers went to the Eastland Avenue residence and spoke with Dismuke. She stated she was being disrespected by her boyfriend’s daughter. She said the victim threw olive oil and Kool-Aid on her and she grabbed the knife. When asked what she planned to do with the knife, Dismuke state something to the effect of no kid was going to disrespect her.

Dismuke also admitted to the act seen in the video. 

A records check showed Dismuke was wanted on a warrant from the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office for issuing worthless checks. She was arrested and booked at the detention center for aggravated assault, cruelty to a juveniles, and the warrant.

Bail was set at $3,000.

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