News Story


Sword Wielding Man Attacks Couple
5/4/2015 12:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Sword Wielding Man Attacks Couple

Report Number:



Charter Oaks Park, Camarillo, CA

Date & Time:

05/04/2015 @ 0142 hours

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Investigations Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Michael Patrick Benson

Camarillo, CA




On 5/4/2015, at 0145 hours, Camarillo deputies arrested a subject for attempted murder.


In the early morning hours of 5/4/2015, Michael Benson was armed with a sword and approached a couple seated in a parked vehicle near the Charter Oak Park in the city of Camarillo.  Benson hit the victim's vehicle repeatedly with the sword in an attempt to stab the victims. He also used the sword to shatter both windows where the victims were seated. Responding Sheriff's deputies contacted and arrested Benson who by now had thrown the sword on the ground.  Benson acted alone and appeared to have chosen the couple at random.


Benson was transported to an area hospital for a medical evaluation. He was ultimately booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility. His booking charges consisted of two counts of attempted murder and felony vandalism. Benson is currently being held on $1,000,000.00 bail and is awaiting arraignment.


Prepared by:

Detective H. Macias #3633


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective H. Macias @ 805-388-5116

Captain John Reilly @ 805-947-6782



Approved by:

Captain C. Rubright