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Man charged after attacking homeless with club, robbing in Cameron Park
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Man charged after attacking homeless with club, robbing in Cameron Park

From the COLLECTION: Crime and Courts, La Crosse County series
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A 35-year-old man was charged Monday with armed robbery after he was arrested over the weekend for swinging and hitting an unsheltered person in Cameron Park with a club and stealing his jacket.

Christopher Benson

In addition to the felony charge of armed robbery, Christopher Benson, no known address, was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct, all as a repeat offender.

He was being held Monday in the La Crosse County Jail; a cash bond was set for $1,000.

The complaint states that on March 20 around 1 a.m., police responded to a call that a man was swinging a bat at individuals at the park. Upon arrival, officers identified Benson standing in the parking lot of Glory Days Bar with club in hand and wearing a winter jacket. When Benson noticed the officers, he fled north.

Police followed Benson to a parking lot in Downtown La Crosse, where he at first did not comply to instructions from officers, then began to approach one officer with the club. He was then tased, according to the complaint, causing him to fall forward onto the concrete. He was then apprehended after receiving medical attention.

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Witness reports and camera footage of the area showed Benson knocking over a garbage can near Cameron Park before walking up to an individual who was sleeping in a sleeping bag, pulling on the bag and striking him two times with the club, then kicking him, before taking the man’s jacket.

The man told police that Benson, who was seen wearing jeans and a black T-shirt on the footage, demanded he give him his coat before hitting him with the club.

“Give me your coat or I’m going to beat you,” the man recalled Benson said to him, according to the complaint.

The man told police he did not want to press charges against Benson.

Benson will appear in court next Monday, March 29. The conditions of his bond include house arrest if released, no weapons and a no-contact with the victim.

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