Authorities on Monday arrested a man who allegedly hit a court bailiff and bolted from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court on Friday after a judge ordered him jailed for failing a drug test.
Blake Arcuri, an attorney for Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s office, told Judge Robin Pittman on Monday that Tommie Perry was in custody.
U.S. Marshals Service agents and sheriff’s deputies apprehended Perry, 42, about 10 a.m. Monday at a motel on the west bank of Jefferson Parish, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
Perry had been free on a $3,000 surety bond since shortly after his October arrest on a theft count when he was accused of dismantling air-conditioning units from an Algiers apartment complex and selling some of the scrap metal in Belle Chasse.
Pittman ordered Perry back to jail based on the drug test, in which he tested positive for marijuana, cocaine and opiates. According to Gusman’s office, Perry then struck a deputy before running from the courtroom and out the front door of the courthouse.
Court records say he “jumped over the court benches, pushed the female deputies down, causing injuries to one of them, and escaped.”
A warrant was issued for Perry on an additional count of battery on a law enforcement officer. He was rebooked shortly before 2 p.m.
Perry’s criminal record in Orleans Parish includes a cocaine distribution charge from 1998 on which a jury acquitted him and a cocaine possession count to which he pleaded guilty in 1999.