ST. LANDRY PARISH, LA (WAFB) - St. Landry Parish Deputies responded on Sunday to a report of a juvenile that had been beaten with "brass knuckles."
The unidentified juvenile was taken to the emergency room for his injuries. Deputies found the suspect, now identified as 17-year-old Thaddeus Sam. Reports show Sam threatened the deputy, cursed and threatened him, and dared him to try an arrest him.
When backup arrived, reports say Sam threatened all five deputies saying "I'll whip all y'all."
Sam was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated second degree battery and five counts of simple assault. After he was read his Miranda rights, Sam admitted to the attack, saying "I did, I knocked him out."
Witnesses confirmed that he had used brass knuckles. Thaddeus Sam was released on $5000 bond Monday morning and is currently awaiting trial.
Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz stated "This arrest highlights the training my deputies receive. The initial responding deputy showed great restraint and calmly dealt with violent threats, controlling the scene, rather than initiating an arrest by himself that could have resulted in injury to the suspect. Thaddeus Sam was playing with fire but my deputy did not over react. If the deputy had been less confident or had not been trained to deal with a scene like this… well, this was a situation that could have ended badly. Instead, the young man was arrested, unharmed, and charged appropriately for his actions."
Sheriff Guidroz stated further "Every day, cops deal with the ugliest part of our society. The people of St. Landry Parish should feel confident that when one of my deputies responds to a bad scene, his actions will be guided by training. Believe me, these patrol deputies are trained in hand-to-hand arrest techniques and this suspect would have no doubt been arrested by force if the deputy had decided to make the arrest by himself. However, my men are trained to use their mind and their command presence, if possible, to control a bad situation until the arrest can be made without incident."