Alleged robber charged in woman's brutal beating in northeast Houston

Marcus Benitez, 39, is charged with aggravated robbery

January 13, 2014 3:16:58 PM PST
Police arrested a 39-year-old man accused in the brutal beating of a woman who interrupted a burglary at her northeast Houston home.

Marcus Benitez was jailed on aggravated robbery charges. He's accused of attacking 66-year-old Effie Thompson last week.

Thompson told us a man walked out of her garage as she pulled into her driveway. He told her that he was called out to check her home alarm.

She told him she didn't have an alarm and tried to leave. That's when she was attacked.

Neighbors later found Thompson unconscious in her front yard, officials said.

Benitez was being held Monday without bond.

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