Tuesday, 27 November 2007 20:13
A Nebo Christmas tree salesman was attacked by a stun gun
Sunday in Hickory.
51-year-old Robin Lee Benge was shocked about 10 times and assaulted at
his camper at the tree lot on U.S. 70 near Armstrong Ford.
Benge tells police a Mitsubishi compact car pulled up and
customer stepped out- asking Benge for a 6-foot-tall tree. The customer
attacked Benge with the stun gun when Benge’s back was turned. After stunning
Benge, the assailant began to throw punches. Benge, armed with a handgun,
responded by firing a shot. While no one was hit, the assailant did flee the
scene in his vehicle without stealing cash or Christmas trees.
Benge’s assailant has been described as white, in his
mid-30s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 to 160 pounds with a large nose and a
clean shaven face. Anyone with information is asked to call Hickory police at