Lufkin PD report: Man resisted arrest, kicked officer in groin, threatened to shoot officers

Lufkin PD report: Man resisted arrest, kicked officer in groin, threatened to shoot officers

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 22-year-old man who allegedly resisted arrest and kicked a Lufkin police officer in the groin after he refused to leave Timber Creek Church on Sept. 17 is back in the Angelina County Jail.

The man later threatened to shoot one of the officers.

Daniel Ray Bentley, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony assault of a public servant charge, a third-degree obstruction or retaliation charge, a Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest charge, and a Class B criminal trespass charge. No bail amounts have been set on his charges yet.

According to an official at the county jail, after the alleged incident, Bentley was transferred to a mental health facility for an evaluation.

The narrative of the Lufkin Police Department report stated that three LPD officers were dispatched out to Timber Creek Church, which is located at 2021 S. John Redditt Drive at about 5:06 p.m. on Sept. 17. A person at the church told the dispatcher that a man was refusing to leave after being asked to do so.
When the LPD officers got to the scene, they were told the man, who was later identified as Bentley, was in the Student Center playing on one of the guitars. The complainant asked the LPD officers to issue the man a criminal trespass warning.

At that point, the officers saw a matching the description they had been given walk out of one of the rooms. One of the officers told Bentley he was not welcome on the property and needed to leave, the affidavit stated.

"[Bentley] stopped just inside the building before the exit and informed officers that it was his house and he was not leaving," the report stated.

After one of the LPD officers told Bentley several times that he was going to get arrested if he didn't leave the building, Bentley put his hands behind his back and told the officers to arrest him, the report stated.

Bentley allegedly pulled away when one of the officers went to arrest him. He then tried to punch and elbow the LPD officers several times, the report stated. The report also stated that the officers pinned him against a wall and struck him in the face in attempts to gain control of him.

When the LPD officers got Bentley to the ground, he allegedly tried to kick them. According to the report, one of the officers then put pressure on Bentley's head until another officer was able to put handcuffs on him.

Later, the LPD officers put leg restraints on Bentley, the report stated.

"[Bentley] was uncooperative during the entire process and constantly attempted to kick officers," the report stated. "[Bentley] told officers several times while he was restrained that he was going to kill them and stab them with a knife."

When the officers put Bentley in the back of a patrol unit, he tried to hit his head on the glass. The LPD officers tried to restrain Bentley to keep him from hurting himself, the report stated. During the process, he allegedly kicked one officer in the groin.

Once the LPD officers got Bentley secured in the patrol unit, they took him to Woodland Heights Medical Center to get medical clearance for Bentley to be taken to the jail. At the hospital, Bentley fell to the ground and refused to comply with the officers' orders, the report stated.

At that point, the Lufkin PD officers physically carried Bentley into the hospital, and helped restrain him while he was getting checked out by hospital staff, the report stated.

While at the hospital, Bentley allegedly told the LPD officers, "I'm going to shoot you in your head, and I'm going to look in your face. I'm going to do this. I've got guns."

After Bentley was cleared to be taken to the jail, he continued to resist and was uncooperative when the Lufkin PD officers tried to put him in a patrol unit, the report stated. The officers notified jail staff, and Bentley was placed in a restraint chair to keep him from hurting himself or others, the report stated.

Later, Lufkin PD officers found the bag Bentley had at the church. According to the report, the officers found the type of pipe used for smoking narcotics and ammunition for a gun, the report stated.

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