Police: Boy broke up domestic with shotgun
LOCUST TOWNSHIP - A 13-year-old boy had to point a shotgun at a Bloomsburg man to get him to stop choking his mother in a December altercation at their home, Locust Township Police Department reported in filing charges earlier this month.
Samuel Russell Bennick, 34, of 335 W. Fourth St., Bloomsburg, was charged with a misdemeanor count of simple assault, criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, and three misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person for his alleged actions on Dec. 25 and 26 at the home of his girlfriend of 55 days, Wendy Champoux, of 209 Quaker Meeting House Road, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
The charges were filed by township Patrolman Christopher Snyder in the office of Magisterial District Judge Craig W. Long, Catawissa.
In court paperwork, Snyder said was dispatched to the house at approximately 2:28 p.m. Dec. 26 for a report of an assault.
When he arrived, Champoux said Bennick, who was no longer at the house, assaulted her at 12:30 a.m. that day. Snyder observed marks on the upper portion of her chest and a bruise on her left leg.
In a written statement at approximately 1 p.m. Jan. 2 at the township station, Champoux said Bennick, now her ex-boyfriend, became angry on Dec. 25 over a phone call between her and a friend, Regina Bradeur.
Bradeur apparently hates Bennick, and he was not happy that Champoux pays Bradeur's rent because "he feels he is entitled to it," Champoux told police.
For the next 20 minutes, Bennick, who was smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages, "raged and screamed" at Champoux, and she calmly told him that "no friend of hers speaks to her that way, especially not a boyfriend," police said.
While in the garage where the argument took place, Bennick allegedly stole a bag containing handcuffs, lighters and bowls for smoking marijuana to "make a point," police said.
Champoux ended the relationship immediately and then offered to take him to his ex-fiance Jennifer Slusser's house in Bloomsburg in the morning, police said.
After a few moments of calmness, Bennick again starting yelling, and Champoux's 10-year-old daughter, who was playing in the living room, asked him to stop, but he refused, police said.
Champoux's 13-year-old son told the couple to take the argument outside, police said.
Bennick and Champoux went to the garage for an hour and everything seemed calmed, police said. At 11:55 p.m., the young girl wanted to go to bed, and Bennick questioned why. When she said she felt sick, Bennick allegedly came face to face and told her that "people don't cry because their tummy hurts. Why are you crying?" police said.
When Champoux started speaking on behalf of her daughter, Bennick became angry again, starting yelling, swearing and threatening her. While physically restraining Champoux, he spoke calmly to the child, police said.
However, Champoux told her to walk away and Bennick again "raged" and threw the woman to the floor and walls by the throat, police said.
The children retreated to their room, and Bennick would not allow Champoux to gain entry, throwing her back approximately a dozen times, police said.
According to the report, Bennick took Champoux by the throat, began choking her and crushing her chest with his other fist.
Champoux's daughter came out to tell the man to stop, and told police she saw Bennick crushing her mother on the dryer and against the wall, police said.
"You're such an actress, look at you submit to me," Bennick allegedly said when Champoux went "utterly limp."
At that point, Champoux's son opened the door holding a 20-gauge Mossberg shotgun and told Bennick he had two slugs loaded, police said.
Bennick then backed away, police said.
Twenty-five minutes later, Bennick's ex-fiance came to the house to pick him up, and Slusser said Bennick did not appear drunk and he never laid a hand on her (Slusser), police said.
Slusser wanted to have a conversation among the three, but Champoux refused and ordered her to get Bennick out of her house, police said.
At approximately 1:25 a.m., the family of three drove to the children's father's house, where they spent the night; Bennick and Slusser apparently stayed at the house until 4 a.m., during which time he allegedly ripped a cupboard door off the hinges in the kitchen, police said.
He also allegedly smashed glasses, mugs, plates, Christmas decorations and family heirlooms, and damaged Champoux's crystal, mineral and gem collection, police said.
Champoux was granted a protection from abuse order against Bennick Dec. 27.
Bennick is scheduled to appear before Long in court for his preliminary arraignment on April 10.