Cuyahoga County grand jury indicts Pennsylvania doctor Georges J. Bensimhon for attempted murder

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - The Cuyahoga County grand jury has indicted a 66-year-old Allentown, Penn., anesthesiologist for the attempted murder of his daughter's estranged husband, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty.

The grand jury indicted Dr. Georges J. 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 Cleveland Heights police, on Sept. 4, Bensimhon was hiding outside of Dr. Seth Hoffer's Dellwood Road home.

Wearing a mask, Bensimhon attacked Hoffer when he went outside just before 6 a.m. Bensimhon attacked the 39-year-old University Hospitals neurosurgeon with a pry bar and struck him repeatedly in the head, the indictment said.

Hoffer, 39, was able to fend off the attacker, pin him to the ground and yell out to neighbors to call police.

When officers arrived, they arrested Bensimhon and found several injectable sedatives and spinal syringes in his possession.

Bensimhon appeared in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court on Sept. 5 and was released on $500,000 bond. He also surrendered his U.S. and Israeli passports.

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