Benjamin Hollis, born in 1962, was arrested Thursday for shoplifting after a bench warrant was issued.
No bond was set, and there is no court date listed on Muscogee County Jail records.
A bench warrant is a type of an arrest warrant that authorizes the immediate on-sight arrest of the individual. Typically, judges issue bench warrants for persons deemed to be in contempt of court—possibly as a result of that person's failure to appear at the appointed time and date for a mandated court appearance.
Bench warrants are issued in either criminal or civil court proceedings.
In Hollis's case, Superior Court Judge Bobby Peters issued the warrant.
Typically, the person who is subject to a bench warrant has intentionally avoided a court appearance to escape consequences of being found guilty of a crime.