A Martin resident who was accused of resisting arrest earlier this year is now facing felony charges for allegedly assaulting a Floyd County Sheriff’s deputy last week. 

Floyd County Sheriff Deputy Darrin Lawson reports in the citation that Benji Samons, 31, of Martin, “became combative” when he attempted to arrest him last week in the parking lot of Big Lots in Prestonsburg. 

Lawson was attempting to serve a warrant that was filed against Samons in April. 

At that time, he was charged with misdemeanor counts of second-degree fleeing/evading police and resisting arrest.

On Friday, Aug. 2, Lawson filed several other charges against Samons, including third-degree assault of a police officer, first-degree fleeing/evading police, resisting arrest and menacing.

Lawson alleges in the citation that Samons fought him during the arrest.

“At that time I drawed my taser and while we were fighting the taser went off,” he wrote. “(Samons) then pulled one of the prongs out. At that time we continued to fight.” 

Deputy Kevin Johnson helped apprehend Samons, Lawson reported. 

Samons was arraigned in Floyd District Court on Monday. 

District Judge Jimmy Marcum set his bonds at $1,000 cash in the felony case and $500 in the misdemeanor case.

 He scheduled additional hearings to be held on Aug. 14. 

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