Man, 74, found stabbed at his home

August 06, 1998|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

For two days, Janet Jones called her father's West Baltimore home and got no answer. Tuesday, police said, the worried daughter found 74-year-old James Benn Sr. lying helpless on his living room floor, stabbed, beaten and left for dead.

Benn was in critical but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Police said they were keeping a close watch on the man's son, who they said tried to commit suicide Tuesday and is at a hospital psychiatric ward.

Investigators said they do not have a motive for the attack and have not charged anyone. Detectives said yesterday they have not interviewed the son or Benn.

Family members could not be reached to comment yesterday.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said Jones repeatedly called her father at his Edmondson Village house in the 800 block of Kevin Road starting Sunday. Police said they believe Benn "had been there at least a couple of days" before he was found.

When she got no answer, Jones visited about noon Tuesday, used a key to get inside and found her father on the floor.

Police said the victim's son, who lived with his father, and the elder Benn's car were missing. Cook-Hayes said that a half-hour before the elder Benn was found, the son had been admitted to Union Memorial Hospital after he had cut his wrists at a motel in the 100 block of W. North Ave.

Cook-Hayes said the house had not been broken into and nothing appeared to have been stolen. "All points of entry to the home were secure," she said.

Police said they found Benn's 1994 Buick Century about 4 p.m. yesterday parked at Maryland and West North avenues.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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