Already jailed for identity theft, Benjamin James Newman, age 34 and a resident of Frankie Miller Road in Mt. Hermon, has been arrested two more times. 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. Then, toay (July 14, 2021), Newman was arrested a third time when Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office corrections deputies charged him with aggravated battery on another inmate and destruction of public property.
“It seems Mr. Newman doesn’t understand rules,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “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.”