Kentwood man arrested for stabbing his brother

Richard Peter Ballard, Jr., 51 (TPSO)
Richard Peter Ballard, Jr., 51 (TPSO)

Kentwood, La.- Police arrested 51-year-old Richard Peter Ballard Jr. on August 3 after he stabbed his own brother several times with a pocket knife.

Deputies say the incident happened at a residence on Simms Rd. where Ballard Jr. and his brother, 48-year-old Kenneth Ballard, were engaged in a verbal argument over family matters.

Investigators say the argument soon became physical resulting in Kenneth being hospitalized after being stabbed several times by his brother.

The victim is reported to be in stable condition with no life threatening injuries.

Richard Peter Ballard Jr. was taken into custody without incident and charged with aggravated battery. He remains in the parish jail awaiting bond.