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Florida man takes elderly neighbors hostage in bizarre attack over cup of salt

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 12:44 PM
By: Sarah Elsesser, Palm Beach Post

An elderly Florida couple was held hostage by their neighbor who asked to borrow a cup of salt on Friday, authorities said. 

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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. 

Irene Rosen called 911 and escaped, but her husband was held hostage for two hours, according to WPLG

Benitez eventually surrendered and was charged with home invasion, battery, false imprisonment of an adult and kidnapping.

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He’s jailed without  bond. 

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