Marquise Benson

Marquise Benson

Courtesy of the Casper Police Department

Casper police arrested a man Friday night after a woman reported that he had shoved her grandmother to the ground during an argument.

Police arrested Marquise Benson about 10 p.m. Friday after finding him walking in the area of South Cedar Street where the fight was reported.

Benson told police that the woman, who is in her late 60s, started the fight and that she punched him twice: once in the throat and once in the face. He said he used his arms to block her punches but denied pushing.

The woman and her granddaughter told police that Benson shoved the woman, causing her to fall to the sidewalk, after she said she would not pay for him to play bingo, according to the arrest affidavit. The woman later told police that she broke her arm due to the fall.

Police arrested Benson and booked him into the Natrona County Detention Center on suspicion of aggravated assault “due to the apparent and large differences between (the victim) and Benson’s age and physical abilities,” according to the affidavit.

Benson was set to be formally charged during a court hearing Monday afternoon.

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Elise Schmelzer joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 after graduating from the University of Missouri and interning at newspapers around the country. As features editor, she oversees arts and culture coverage and reports stories on a broad variety of topics.

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