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State police take over Tech stabbing probe

Friday, November 17, 2023
State police take over Tech stabbing probe

Leader photo by Caleb Daniel
The Louisiana Tech University Student Government Association has provided a drop-off point for students to submit notes of encouragement, prayers and support for the victims of Monday’s stabbing attack on campus and their families. Many students have filled out notes at the table outside the SGA office in the back of Tolliver Hall, where a box for each of the four victims and their families is located.

The Louisiana State Police is now the lead investigating agency in the deadly stabbing that occurred Monday on the Louisiana Tech University campus.

According to a press release issued Thursday afternoon, campus police asked LSP’s Bureau of Investigation/ Monroe Field Office to take over the probe.

The move apparently came as a result of the death of victim Annie Richardson on Tuesday. Richardson was one of four women randomly attacked outside the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center by 23-year-old Tech student Jacoby Johnson of Tallulah.

Johnson has been charged with one count of second-degree murder and three counts of attempted seconddegree murder. Police have not yet said a motive for the incident.

LSP is asking anyone with information or pictures and video to share that with investigators by calling 318-362-4597.

In addition, citizens can anonymously report information through LSP’s online reporting system at dpsweb. dps. louisiana. gov/ suspicious. nsf/ WebForm?OpenForm or calling the LSP Fusion Center hotline at 1-800434-8007.

The investigation is ongoing with further information to be released in coordination with the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office at the appropriate time, LSP said.