A Florida man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly tried to perform an exorcism on his 80-year-old girlfriend.
David Benes, 54, reportedly physically restrained the woman in an effort to “get the devil out” of her. The victim told Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies that Benes “held her down.” It is unclear why Benes believed an exorcism was warranted.
When police responded to a 911 call from the victim, they discovered that she had bruises and scratches on her arms. She informed the responding officers that Benes had removed batteries from all of the phones in their home and that he had taken her car keys and “dismantled” the garage door.
Benes was passed out on a couch when deputies first attempted to contact him. When he awoke, he told them he was too drunk to recall what had happened. He was arrested on several charges, including battery on a person 65 years or older and false imprisonment.
The couple had been living together for three years, The Smoking Gun reported.