Parish woman arrested for domestic abuse

Published 3:07 pm Monday, February 7, 2022

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On Thursday, Jan. 27, a Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy located to a residence on Benny King Road in response to a complaint about domestic violence. When the deputy arrived at the residence, he discovered Tiffany Marie Knight-Martin, 38, a resident of Sam Thomas Road, was the aggressor and was no longer at the scene of her crime, according to WPSO Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Haley.

Haley said that the investigation revealed that Knight-Martin had assaulted the male homeowner in the presence of two children and smashed property inside the house. When Knight-Martin fled the scene, she reportedly took the victim’s cell phone with her. The deputy noted the man had multiple lacerations on both arms, Haley said.

Failing to locate Knight-Martin at any of her known addresses, the deputy filed an affidavit with the 22nd Judicial Court asking for a warrant for her arrest. A 22nd Judicial Court judge issued the warrant.

On Friday, Knight-Martin was located at her mother’s residence by another deputy, Haley said.

“When the deputy attempted to arrest her, she resisted and assaulted him with a large metal flashlight, causing injury to his hand,” Haley said. “Knight-Martin was finally subdued after the deputy deployed his Taser. She was handcuffed, at which time the deputy discovered a quantity of marijuana in her jacket pocket.”

Knight-Martin was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on charges of domestic abuse with child endangerment, aggravated assault upon a peace officer, battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer with force or violence and possession of marijuana.

Haley said that this is not Knight-Martin’s first trip to the Washington Parish Jail. A review of jail records indicates numerous stays in the jail, beginning with a May 2007 arrest for aggravated assault, aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated criminal damage to property, possession of illegal drugs and several traffic offenses. This was followed by a July 2007 arrest for aggravated assault, resisting an officer, possession of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal damage to property and various traffic offenses.

Knight-Martin’s next arrest occurred the following year on a warrant from the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole, according to Haley. She faced the same charge in 2009. She was arrested in 2010 and charged with two counts of criminal trespass, two counts of possession of illegal drugs, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and resisting an officer. Later that year she was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. In 2011, she was remanded to the jail by the 22nd Judicial District Court.

She was arrested in 2012 on a charge of driving while intoxicated. In 2013 and again in 2014, she was remanded to jail by the 22nd Judicial District Court. In 2018 she faced a parole violation charge, then was arrested on another driving while intoxicated charge in 2019. In October 2021, she was charged with possession of illegal drugs, contempt of court and introduction of contraband into a correctional facility.

She faced additional charges in December 2021 when she was arrested on two counts of resisting a law enforcement officer with force or violence and criminal trespass. She also was held on a felony fugitive warrant from the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

“It would be an understatement to say this lady has personal issues,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Not the least of which is anger management. In addition to numerous charges in Washington Parish, she obviously has had arrests in Mississippi.

“Sooner or later, if she continues this reckless and out of control lifestyle, the outcome might be more disastrous than just another trip to jail. I pray that is not the case.”