Tabatha Mielke, 32, of Lacombe, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning.

“Shortly after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, while driving in the area, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s patrol sergeant observed a dark blue Nissan Frontier pickup, flipped over in the wood line near the intersection of Louisiana Highway 1088 and Louisiana Highway 36,” according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Mielke was driving the truck at the time of the crash.

PPD says that Mielke “stabbed herself multiple times” prior to deputies taking her into custody.

The charges listed below are awaiting Mielke when she is released from the hospital:

  • Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
  • Vehicle Burglary
  • Terrorizing

“I am thankful to our patrol sergeant who observed the crashed truck and stopped, possibly saving this woman from taking her own life or harming another person,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “I am also pleased that we were able to assist Ponchatoula Police in locating the individual wanted after she violently attacked and injured someone in their jurisdiction.”

Mielke is awaiting booking into St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center


The Ponchatoula Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a person of interest.

PPD says, “at approximately 10:30pm, Ponchatoula PD officers and detectives were dispatched to Shan’s Quick Stop at the corner of N. Hoover Road and Hwy 22 East in reference to a hold up alarm.”

Upon arrival, law enforcement found a man with multiple stab wounds.

Surveillance video showed a woman later identified as Tabatha Mielke “go behind the counter and stab the clerk,” according to the Ponchatoula Police Department.