Metairie man stabs mother, slashes sleeping father, deputies say

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A 23-year-old Metairie man stabbed his parents in an overnight attack, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

Travis Tyler was booked Friday and charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer and two counts of battery on an officer.

"We didn't hear anything, we didn't see any police activity or anything this morning, and we were up at about 5:30 or six, and it was already all gone, I guess,"  said Lisa Higgins, "It's scary. You know, you don't know what's going on behind closed doors."

Tyler was arrested following a short vehicle pursuit within an hour of the alleged attack.

JPSO deputies were responded to a house in the 4600 block of Wilson Dr. after a caller said her neighbor had been stabbed.

Deputies located two victims at the residence, a 62-year-old female and 59-year-old male, both suffering from multiple lacerations.  Both victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The victims identified their son, Tyler, as the person who attacked them and then fled the residence in their vehicle, deputies said.

Tyler was located about 30 minutes later driving the vehicle in the area.  When deputies attempted to stop him, he fled and led them on a short pursuit.

After his arrest, Tyler admitted to attacking his mother following a verbal altercation that began because she wanted him to be quiet, the sheriff's office said.

After he attacked her, she ran into her bedroom where the father was sleeping. After his father was awakened by the disturbance, Tyler attacked him as well, investigators said. He then fled the residence in his parents' vehicle.

Neighbors described Tyler as a quiet man who kept to himself.

"He would drive around on a bike, maybe on the levee or on the bridge, but I saw him a couple times going down the road," Nikolas Rosa said.

Tyler is being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. The victims are recovering in the hospital.

"It's frightening to think that it could overflow into another family," Rosa said.

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