Parish jail inmate arrested 2 more times

Published 1:17 pm Wednesday, July 14, 2021

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Already jailed for identity theft, Benjamin James Newman, 34, a resident of Frankie Miller Road in Mt. Hermon, has been arrested two more times, according to Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Last month, a Louisiana State Police investigator visited the Washington Parish Jail and provided warrants to officers, who in turn arrested Newman on new charges of theft and being a fugitive from Tangipahoa Parish, St. Tammany Parish and the Louisiana State Police, Haley said. Then, on July 14, Newman was arrested a third time when WPSO corrections deputies charged him with aggravated battery on another inmate and destruction of public property.

“It seems Mr. Newman doesn’t understand rules,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “If you steal, you are going to jail. If you commit crimes in other jurisdictions, you are going to jail. If you assault another person, even if that person is another inmate, you are going to jail.

“In this situation, the last two arrests were easy since we did not have to go out looking for him. Sooner or later, your criminal behavior will catch up with you, and when it does, we have a place for you.”