Man previously arrested for attacking BRPD officer now charged in forgery scheme

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge man who was arrested back in February for attacking a BRPD officer has now been arrested as part of an alleged forgery scheme.

Baton Rouge Police Department detectives arrested Thomas Bennett, 28, on charges of forgery, identification theft, two counts of access device fraud, and attempted misdemeanor theft.

Officials say on February 6, Bennett, accompanied by his accomplice, Kaleigh Sullivan, arrived at the Regions Bank on S Sherwood Forest Blvd. to negotiate a stolen/forged check. Before officers arrived, Bennett fled the area, leaving Sullivan behind. Police were advised by Sullivan that the check was taken during vehicle burglaries that the two committed in the Albany area.

Bennett was incarcerated on previous, unrelated charges when officials discovered his alleged involvement in this forgery scheme.

Back in February, Bennett was arrested after reportedly attacking Officer Billy Aime during a routine traffic stop. During the struggle, a Good Samaritan, Vickie Williams-Tillman, intervened and jumped on Bennett's back after the officer had been struck in the head by Bennett. Additional officers arrived on scene shortly thereafter to assist.

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