Christopher Carl Benson, 31, Swanville, was charged Dec. 21, with one felony count of third degree assault, causing substantial bodily harm and one misdemeanor count of fifth degree assault, inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily harm.
On Dec. 20, a report was received at the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office concerning an assault in Bowlus. The victim, a woman, was met by a deputy who observed swelling on her nose and on the left side of her lips. Her lips were also purple and bleeding.
The victim said she and Benson had a bad relationship and when she entered a bar that evening and encountered him, he was verbally abusive.
Allegedly, Benson then left the bar, but when he called another patron to say he was returning, the victim left.
As she drove away, the victim allegedly told the officers that Benson was following her in his vehicle. She pulled into a nearby parking lot and she said Benson pulled in behind her. She got out of her vehicle and approached him. She told the officer that she just wanted to ask Benson why he was following her.
According to the criminal complaint, Benson punched her in the face with a closed fist. She said she fell to the ground and believed she was unconscious for about 10 seconds.
When the victim regained consciousness, Benson was allegedly yelling for her passenger to get out of the vehicle. She said she and Benson began pushing each other and arguing. He then left the area.
Benson was later located and placed under arrest for the assault.
If convicted, Benson faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.