METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A cashier is recovering after a brutal attack at a gas station in Metairie. Deputies made an arrest in the case Friday, but they haven't released a motive.
The attack happened around 3 a.m. at the Shell station on West Esplanade Avenue and Clearview Parkway.
"According to the detectives, they watched the video and he was walking around, walked back out. My wife said she heard the doors open at 2:52 a.m. and next thing you know he's diving over the counter stabbing her, hitting her in the head with a hammer, bottle," said the victim's husband. "The detective said she's lucky because if she would have never fought him back physically, she would have died. He was trying to kill her."
The victim was stabbed and badly beaten. Deputies said the suspect, identified at 31-year-old David Reeves, walked in and started screaming. He then began attacking the victim, and took off without taking anything.
Deputies said they were able to identify Reeves based on prints recovered at the scene. He was arrested and taken into custody for attempted second-degree murder. But not before a SWAT team was called out to his home on Zenith Street. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said as they were executing search and arrest warrants, Reeves was reluctant to surrender.
"It's a very big relief. We have so many people praying for her and for him to get caught, God has answered our prayers," said the victim's husband. "She's in stable condition. She's got staples in the head, stitches, she has casts on both of her arms, a chip in the skull from the hammer, one of the knives broke off as the guy was violently stabbing her. She's in bad shape. She's going to need surgery on her wrists."
The JPSO said Reeves was also wanted on an outstanding warrant for domestic abuse battery. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.