Man Accused Of Attacking His Grandpa With Machete

A 76-year-old man is recovering from machete wounds at a North Carolina hospital after authorities say his grandson attacked and robbed him of his life savings.

Edward Benson told the Asheville Citizen-Times that he was cut in the head, face and arms during a struggle Wednesday night with his grandson, 26-year-old James Benson. The elder Benson said his grandson demanded $200,000 in cash from the family safe.

The elder Benson said his grandson recently married a woman from China, but was having problems getting her to the U.S. and needed money to pay an attorney.

The FBI has launched a nationwide search for James Benson, who they believe may be trying to leave the country. He's wanted on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted first-degree murder.


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  • by why Location: somewhere in nc on Nov 29, 2008 at 11:56 AM
    My question is how did the grandson marry a woman from china and couldn't get her here? where did he marry her at...Now he is going to need an attorney for his self.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2008 at 05:16 PM
    I'm just sorry this article didn't say "A grandson is recovering from machete wounds at a North Carolina hospital after authorities say 76 year old grandfather attacked him after he was trying to rob the grandfather of life savings." My prayers go out to the grandfather. I pray he will heal from his injuries.
  • by Chris on Nov 28, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    Oh please "Smarter than that". If it took a news story for you to know that elderly people do not like/trust banks and prefer to keep their cash at home, well.. you are not very smart.
  • by Sarah Location: Fayetteville, NC on Nov 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    Who the heck hurts your grandparents?!! This is sad and I hope he rots in a jail-cell.
  • by Smarter Than That Location: Brainville, NC on Nov 28, 2008 at 11:13 AM
    Yeah ... now EVERYBODY who read the story knows that the old man does (or did) keep massive amounts of cash handy around the house. Way to go, news media.
  • by Gaga Location: robersonville on Nov 28, 2008 at 10:05 AM
    G-Parents keep your $$$ a secret. Only certain ones should know. G-Children NOT!!!
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on Nov 28, 2008 at 08:34 AM
    Go get that punk.
  • by real Location: talk on Nov 28, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    streets are watching
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