Wake jailer fired after charges of making threats, fighting police

Abderrahim Bouida
Abderrahim Bouida

A Wake County Sheriff's Office detention officer has been fired in the wake on his arrest on charges that he was shouting death threats at two women last Thursday and that he fought with a Raleigh police officer who was arresting him.

Abderrahim Benbouida, 52, had worked for the county since 2010, state records show. He initially was suspended after the arrest, but Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Tuesday that he had been terminated.

Arrest warrants and a statement from police said the charges stemmed from an incident in a shopping center parking lot at Gorman Street and Avent Ferry Road. Police said witnesses told them Benbouida was beating his hands on a van and demanding that two women who were in it come out.

Arrest warrants in the case stated that Benbouida was outside the van shouting, “Get out of the van you lesbian ... or I’ll kill you!”

Police said Benbouida had used his car to block the van into where it was parked. What was not clear from the warrants or from a police statement on the case was what led to the incident.

Benbouida is charged with communicating threats, assault on a female, resisting a public officer and assault on a government officer. He was freed on bail after his arrest and appeared in court Monday, when he refused his right to a lawyer.

He is due in court again Dec. 8 on the charge of assaulting Raleigh Officer S.R. Quezada and on Dec. 14 on the other three charges and an additional charge of reckless driving.

The warrants said Benbouida followed the women after they left the van, leading to the charge of assault on a female.

A short time after the incident, police arrested Benbouida on Thursday night at his home at 638 Chappell Drive, records show.

One of the warrants charged that Benbouida tried to pull away from the arresting officers and that he tried to kick and head-butt Quezada during the process.

During the struggle, Benbouida hit his head on furniture in the room, police said.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT