Cuyahoga County

Pennsylvania doctor indicted for attempted murder

September 11, 2013

A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury today indicted Dr. Georges J. Bensimhon of Allentown, Penn., for the attempted murder of his daughter’s estranged husband,  County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced.

The grand jury indicted Bensimhon, a 66-year-old anesthesiologist, on one count of Attempted Aggravated Murder, one count of Attempted Murder, two counts of Kidnapping and two counts of Felonious Assault.

Arraignment has been set for September 25, 2013.

According to evidence gathered by the Cleveland Heights Police Department,  Bensimhon was masked and hiding outside the back door of the victim’s Cleveland Heights home on the morning of September 4, 2013. When the victim went outside just before 6 a.m., the defendant attacked him with a pry bar and struck him repeatedly in the head.

The victim, 39, was bleeding profusely, but still managed to fend off his attacker and pin him to the ground. Then he yelled out for neighbors to call police. When officers arrived, they arrested Bensimhon and found a cache of injectable sedatives and spinal syringes in his possession.

Bensimhon appeared in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court on September 5 and was released on $500,000 bond. He also surrendered his U.S. and Israeli passports.

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communication and Public Policy.  Phone: (216) 443-7488; or Cell: 216-640-6186      

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