The Albany man who was tackled by a good Samaritan while attacking a Baton Rouge police officer in February has pleaded guilty to several state charges stemming from the incident.
Cpl. Billy Aime, 44, has credited civilian Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, with saving his life on Feb. 19 on Harry Drive that Sunday morning.
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Vickie Williams-Tillman was on her way to Sam's Club and Walmart early Sunday morning, listening to gospel music, when she noticed a police officer struggling with a man on the side of Harry Drive. She rolled down her window to ask if the officer needed help, but she couldn't hear him respond. She did, however, lock eyes with him. "I could see in his eyes he needed help," said Williams-Tillman. "You don't have time to think about it … I did what God needed me to do."
On Tuesday, Thomas M. Bennett, 29, pleaded guilty to disarming a police officer, aggravated battery, possession of cocaine, and an unrelated burglary charge.
Williams-Tillman was driving to Sam's Club and Wal-Mart on Feb. 19 when she noticed a police officer struggling with a man on the side of Harry Drive. She rolled down her window to ask if the officer needed help but could not hear him respond. She did make eye contact with the officer.
"I could see in his eyes he needed help," she recalled after the incident. "You don't have time to think about it. I did what God needed me to do."
So she jumped on Bennett's back until more police arrived. Bennett was finally detained after he was hit by a stun gun fired by another officer.
A police report says Aime was conducting a stop after he saw drug paraphernalia in a parked vehicle where Bennett was sleeping. After Bennett got out of the car, he became aggressive with the officer, the report states.
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Bennett grabbed Aime's baton and hit him repeatedly on the head, police have said. Bennett also bit one of the officer's fingers, the report says.
Bennett was not armed but was reaching for Aime's holstered gun when Williams-Tillman sprang into action, taking Bennett's hand off the weapon and jumping on his back, police have said.
Bennett, who also pleaded guilty Tuesday to a simple burglary charge in a Feb. 17 burglary of a motor vehicle, faces maximum possible penalties of 12 years for the burglary, 10 years for the battery, and five years each for the disarming an officer and drug counts.
State District Judge Richard Anderson will sentence him Oct. 13.