Plaquemine Police arrest man accused of stabbing woman Monday outside a church _lowres

Donald Phillips, Jr.

PLAQUEMINE — Police arrested the 53-year-old man who attempted to carjack and then stab a woman in the parking lot of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Plaquemine Police Department Assistant Chief Kenny Payne said Wednesday that his officers arrested Donald S. Phillips Jr., 58466 Court St., after the department received a tip identifying Phillips as the suspect.

Phillips was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail early Wednesday morning on carjacking, aggravated kidnapping and attempted second-degree murder.

Payne said that about 7 a.m. Monday, Phillips approached a woman from the back while she was outside of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and grabbed her by the shoulders, tossing her back inside her vehicle.

“He had difficulty trying to start the vehicle because it was a push-button ignition,” Payne said. “When he finally did figure it out, he then had trouble finding an exit out of the parking lot.”

Payne said the woman seized the opportunity to break away from Phillips’ hold inside the car and open the door to start shouting for help.

Phillips stabbed the woman in the leg and then fled the scene after nearby church members started running over to help the woman, he said.

The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

Payne said police released surveillance footage from a nearby business to the media Tuesday, leading to Phillips’ arrest.

“We got a tip last night identifying him,” Payne said.