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1 charged in sledgehammer, moped attack

A 64-year-old man is charged with battery, accused of beating another man with a small sledgehammer.

Along with battery causing bodily injury, C.B. Benson, of the 3600 block of Spy Run Avenue, is charged with criminal recklessness with a weapon or causing injury.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on Oct. 15 Benson was caught going through the Dumpster at the Chapel Oaks apartment complex. When the property manager confronted him, Benson took out a small sledgehammer and began swinging it at the manager. Witnesses said Benson struck the man eight to 10 times with the hammer.

While Benson was trying to flee, he tried to run over the manager with his moped.

Police said the manager had a “very visible” injury to his left wrist, according to court documents.

Benson had been arrested on preliminary charges, but was released on his own recognizance. The warrant for the formal charges was originally recalled because it contained the wrong birth date, according to court records.

The arrest warrant for Benson has been corrected, but has not yet been served.