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Man accused of attempted murder of Cleveland Hts doctor

Man accused of attempted murder of Cleveland Hts doctor

(Cleveland) - A Pennsylvania anesthesiologist has been indicted for the attempted murder of a Cleveland Heights man.

A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury Wednesday indicted Dr. Georges J. Bensimhon of Allentown, PA., for the attempted murder of his daughter’s estranged husband.

The grand jury indicted the 66-year-old Bensimhon on one count of attempted aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of felonious assault.

According to evidence gathered by the Cleveland Heights Police Department, Bensimhon was masked and hiding outside the back door of Dr. Seth Hoffer’s Dellwood Road home on the morning of September 4. When the 39-year-old Hoffer, a neurosurgeon at University Hospitals in Cleveland, went outside just before 6:00 a.m., the defendant attacked him with a pry bar and struck him repeatedly in the head.

Hoffer was bleeding profusely, but still managed to fend off his attacker and pin him to the ground. Then he yelled out for neighbors to call police. When officers arrived, they arrested Bensimhon and found a cache of injectable sedatives and spinal syringes in his possession.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty says Bensimhon appeared in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court on September 5 and was released on $500,000 bond. He also surrendered his U.S. and Israeli passports.

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