Man accused of attempting to grab officer's gun, trespassing


BENNINGTON -- A Willowbrook Drive man is facing two felony charges after he entered the home of people he did not know and tried to draw a Bennington Police officer's gun from its holster as he was being arrested.

Keegan J. Bentley, 18, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court to felony counts of attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, and unlawful trespass. He was released under the conditions that he report daily to the Bennington Police Department, not contact witnesses and obey a 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew at his home.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Jason Burnham, on July 1 at 11:19 p.m. he was sent to Willowbrook Drive where Timothy Lafountain said a male had tried to enter his home and became agitated when he was refused entry. When police arrived they saw a male later identified as Bentley on the porch of another building. A light was shined on him and he went inside. Police heard Tonya Bruso, who lives in the home, say "Hey, that's my house, don't you go in there."

Inside, police found Bentley a few feet from a pair of children who were sleeping on a couch in the living room. Officer David Faden grabbed him and during their struggle Bentley tried to draw Faden's gun, however the safety mechanisms stopped him.

Bentley provided a breath sample at the police station that showed his blood-alcohol content was .212 percent.

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