Man arrested after knife threat incident at Washington Parish Fair on Thursday

Published 2:09 pm Tuesday, October 26, 2021

On Thursday, Oct. 21, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were summoned to a campground adjacent to the fairgrounds on a report of a man threatening others with a knife, according to WPSO Chief Deputy Mike Haley.

Haley said that WPSO deputies, accompanied by Bogalusa Police Department officers and officers from Rayburn Correctional Center, encountered a camper who reported a man wearing a cowboy hat was threatening people with a knife. The victim pointed out a nearby camper where the alleged assailant was staying.

When officers approached the camper, they encountered William Benny Creel, 54, a resident of Camp Road, Haley said, noting that Creel appeared to be intoxicated and refused all verbal orders from the officers.

Creel was subdued and handcuffed after a brief struggle during which he tried to reach into a pants pocket, Haley said. Officers then reportedly located a fixed blade knife, a set of brass knuckles and a .38 caliber derringer pistol on Creel’s person.

Creel was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail, and charged with aggravated assault, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of resisting a police officer with force or violence. He was released the following day after posting bond.

Haley said that Creel has no previous stays in the Washington Parish Jail, but was convicted of a federal offense in 2010 and sentenced in 2011 to 12 months federal prison time and 24 months supervised federal probation.

“This is a family fair and we have no tolerance for violence or any other misbehavior,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “I’m pleased no one was injured and thank both the Bogalusa Police Department and Rayburn Correctional Center for their assistance.”