Man charged with stabbing attack near Downsville

A man was arrested by the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office Monday after receiving a report of a stabbing at a residence near Downsville. 

Deputies responded to investigate the incident and learned Nathan Kyle Zaricor, 31, arrived at the residence and asked for a ride. After the elderly female resident agreed, they got into the vehicle. Witnesses told deputies Zaricor then grabbed the female and forcibly removed her from behind the wheel, took the keys, and started the vehicle. An elderly male at the location tried to reason with him but Zaricor produced a knife and began swinging the knife at the elderly man, the woman, and two other victims, including a juvenile. The elderly man armed himself with a wooden walking stick and tried to knock the knife from Zaricor’s hand. Zaricor took the stick from the victim and struck him on the head causing major injuries. Zaricor then chased the remaining residents around the property with the victim’s walking stick and a knife. They were able to get away from Zaricor and into a vehicle as they left to seek medical aid. 

When deputies arrived, Zaricor was exiting the house. The investigation revealed Zaricor took $90 in cash belonging to the elderly female. Both elderly victims received injuries and the male who was struck by the walking stick required stitches to close his wounds. 

Zaricor was arrested and placed into a deputy’s patrol unit to be transported to the Union Parish Detention Center. While the deputies were securing witness testimony, the suspect heavily damaged the deputy’s patrol vehicle, which included the rear door, rear camera, and the interior, totaling an estimated $6,000 in damage. Zaricor also attempted to remove his handcuffs and attempted to run away when deputies opened the door. 

Zaricor was booked into the UPDC for aggravated assault (4 counts), aggravated second degree battery, carjacking, cruelty to the infirmed (2 counts), unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, felony criminal damage to property, attempted simple escape (2 counts), and theft.

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