Criminal Justice

Deputy arrested, booked with assault

By Matt Davis, The Lens staff writer|

Correction, June 30: The deputy’s name is Mark Andry. A previous version of this story had the last name “Landry.”

Another sheriff’s deputy has been suspended after being arrested and booked with assault, the sheriff’s office confirmed Tuesday.

This is the fourth disciplinary incident at Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s office concerning deputy violence to come to light in the past three months, and its handling continues to raise the question about how Gusman punishes his deputies for such matters.

Deputy Mark Andry was booked Monday with simple assault and violation of protective orders. A police report relating to his arrest was not immediately available, and no other details were available.

Aandry was released from jail after posting an $11,000 bond, and he is scheduled to appear before a magistrate Aug. 11, records show.Correction, July 6: Judge Frank Marullo released Andry on his own recognizance.

Gusman’s spokesman, Marc Ehrhardt, confirmed Andry was arrested in connection with the charges.

“When incidents like this happen, the Sheriff’s Office moves quickly to take action,” Ehrhardt said, declining to comment further.

Gusman recently fired another sheriff’s deputy, Stephen Thomas, who punched his girlfriend and had prior brushes with the law. Criminal charges against Thomas are pending. In another incident, Gusman declined comment on the outcome of disciplinary action for another deputy, Sgt. William Holmes, suspended after being accused of threatening his former girlfriend with a handgun in front of their children.

Deputy Anthony Perkins pleaded guilty last week to a reduced charge of disturbing the peace after the alleged victim refused to cooperate on battery charges, the District Attorney’s Office said. Gusman suspended Perkins last July after his arrest, but Perkins was cleared to return to duty a month later pending the outcome of his court case, records show. Now that the legal proceedings are over, it’s unclear whether Perkins still has a job with the Sheriff’s Office because Gusman declined comment on the matter.

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