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Parish woman arrested for battery of elderly man

A Washington Parish woman was arrested Friday after reportedly assaulting an elderly man, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Friday, WPSO Sgt. Mike Thomas was dispatched to a rural area in the central part of the parish in response to an assault on an elderly man who had been attacked in his home by a younger woman after an argument turned violent, Haley said.

The victim reportedly had a back injury and Thomas observed blood and signs of a struggle inside the house.

Haley said that Thomas was able to locate the aggressor and arrested Dana Deshay Westmoreland, 34, a resident of Ed Gerald Road. She was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on a charge of battery, with her bond set at $2,500.

Haley said that Westmoreland has one previous jail stay in Washington Parish. In June of 2019, she was arrested and charged with simple battery with injury, battery on an officer with injury, four counts of resisting an officer with force or violence and three counts of battery of a correctional officer. She remained in jail for over two months on those charges, Haley said.

“It seems Ms. Westmoreland might have anger issues,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Thanks, Sgt. Thomas, for responding quickly and taking her into custody. Good job!”