Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 12:44 PM
By: Sarah Elsesser, Palm Beach Post
TAMARAC, Fla. — An elderly Florida couple was held hostage by their neighbor who asked to borrow a cup of salt on Friday, authorities said.
Louis and Irene Rosen, of Tamarac, invited their neighbor’s son, Leonard Benitez, inside to give him salt. But, Benitez then threatened the couple with a knife and gun, a Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman told WPLG.
Benitez, 45, reportedly demanded $50,000 and the couple’s banking information before hitting 99-year-old Louis Rosen in the head with the gun.
Benitez eventually surrendered and was charged with home invasion, battery, false imprisonment of an adult and kidnapping.
He’s jailed without bond.
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