Natchitoches, La - The Natchitoches Parish Police Jury president was arrested after allegedly getting into a fight with a woman during a festival.

The Natchitoches Police Department says Parish President John Richmond was arrested Friday, May 12 for simple battery after reportedly getting into an altercation with a female, during the Natchitoches Jazz/R&B Festival at the river bank area.

Richmond was issued a court summons and released from police custody. He’s due to appear in city court Aug. 15.

This is the second time in three years that the parish president has been arrested for allegedly fighting in public. In 2020, an altercation at Maglieaux’s in Natchitoches between Richmond and one of his employees was caught on camera, leading to the arrest of him and the employee. 

Simple battery is a misdemeanor offense that does not require an elected official to resign upon conviction.


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