Georges Bensimhon, Pa. anesthesiologist, indicted in crow bar attack on son-in-law in Ohio


(CBS/AP) CLEVELAND, Ohio - A Pennsylvania anesthesiologist has been indicted in Cleveland on an attempted aggravated murder charge in a crow bar attack on his daughter's estranged husband, who also is a doctor.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor said a grand jury also charged 66-year-old Dr. Georges Bensimhon on Wednesday with one count of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and two counts of felonious assault.

He was arrested in the Sept. 4 attack on 39-year-old neurosurgeon Seth Hoffer outside Hoffer's Cleveland Heights home. The victim was clubbed with a crow bar but managed to fight back, pin his attacker and call for help.

Bensimhon was wearing a black mask and was dressed in all black when he allegedly attacked Hoffer, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. He reportedly wore blue latex surgical gloves and was carrying a flashlight.

Police located a backpack hidden behind Hoffer's home containing a cache of injectable sedatives and spinal syringes, an indictment says, according to the paper.

Hoffer had reportedly been involved in a contentious divorce with his wife, Bensimhon's daughter, 34-year-old Danielle Bensimhon, of West Palm Beach, Fla.

Hoffer reportedly has two daughters, a 7-year-old who lives with him, and a 1-year-old who lives with Danielle Bensimhon. Prior to the attack, Hoffer had been preparing to leave for Florida to pick up his younger daughter.

Bensimhon, of Allentown, Pa., who was freed on $500,000 bond, couldn't be reached for comment. Messages were left at a home phone listing and at his attorney's office.