On May 02, 2019 James W. Bennett, was served with a protective order through the 16th Judicial Courts which prohibited him from being within 100 yards of the petitioner. On May 10, 2019 the Berwick Police Dept. received and followed up on information that James Bennett was seen within this prohibited area. Investigators were able to obtain clear video evidence that placed Bennett within the prohibited area of the victims residence on more than one occasion.
Based on this evidence, a warrant was issued for the arrest of James Bennett on the charge of Violation of a Protective Order. The investigation is ongoing and still active
Judge Greg Aucoin has ordered that Bennett he held without bond until his first court appearance on Monday morning.
KQKI News has confirmed that St. Mary Parish Councilman James Bennett has been arrested for the second time since Monday.
Bennett, who represents District 6 on the St. Mary Parish Council, was booked on a warrant for Violation of a Protective Order for Berwick Police Department. He was stopped by the Morgan City Police Department on Saturday and turned over to the Berwick Police Department for booking.
We are currently awaiting more information on Bennett’s latest arrest.
Troopers with the Criminal Investigations Division-Houma Office (CID) arrested 50-year-old James Bennett, a St. Mary Parish Councilman, on Monday for stalking and narcotics violations.
In April 2019, the Berwick Police Department contacted CID and requested assistance in reference to an investigation of Bennett for stalking in St. Mary Parish. Bennett had previously been arrested by the Berwick Police Department earlier this year for stalking, but he continued to stalk his victim outside of their jurisdiction. Through investigative means, Troopers observed that he continued his pattern of stalking the victim in St. Mary Parish. CID obtained an arrest warrant against Bennett for stalking and a search warrant of his residence. Troopers executed the warrants at Bennett’s residence this morning with members of the Berwick Police Department. He was taken into custody without incident. While searching his residence, Troopers seized several electronic devices belonging to Bennett. Troopers also observed Bennett was in possession of schedule III steroids and several firearms during the search.
Bennett was booked into the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for the warrant of stalking as well as possession of schedule III narcotics and possession of firearms in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. He was released later that day on a $3,500 bond.
He was also arrested in July of 2018 for remaining where for forbidden and again in February of this year for stalking. No other information is currently available from State Police.