Bond Raised For Chattanooga Man Who Said He Wanted To Be Like Ted Bundy

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tyler Benson
Tyler Benson

Bond has been raised for a 23-year-old Ooltewah man who told police he had been reading about serial killer Ted Bundy and "wanted to be like him" after testimony about the concerns of a licensed clinical social worker.

Joel Davenport, whose firm has been monitoring Tyler Benson after he made an initial bond, said he received a call from the counselor.

Mr. Davenport told Criminal Court Judge Don Poole that the counselor "is extremely concerned that he is a threat to his parents and others."

Mr. Davenport said he then relayed the information to Neal Pinkston of the District Attorney's Office. A hearing was then set.

Judge Poole, saying one reason for bond is the safety of the public, raised the bond to $250,000 on each case he faces.

He set an additional hearing in the matter will be held soon.

Benson, of 1757 Torbett Lane, had been charged with beating a known prostitute in the head with a hammer.

He was charged with especially aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and patronizing prostitution. He iinitially was held on an $80,000 bond.

An officer said he responded last August to a report of an assault at 1610 S. Willow St. He said he talked with Cynthia Denise Pittman, who said she had been picked up by a white male and taken near the Bojangles on E. 23rd Street. She said the man attacked her there.

Police said she had cuts on her arms, face and head.

Ms. Pittman, 39, was taken by ambulance to Erlanger Hospital.

Four days later, police said Benson was seen driving around Highland Park in a red Chevy SUV. Benson was stopped and gave police a statement. He said he has been picking up prostitutes and trying to trick them into giving him free sex.

Benson said he had picked up Ms. Pittman and tried to rob her, but she began to fight back. He said he "did not like that she was fighting back and wanted her to be afraid and to do what he said."

He said Ms. Pittman "was putting up a good fight" so he pulled out a hammer and began to hit her in the head. He said at one point he and Ms. Pittman were fighting over a knife.

Police said Benson also confessed "to attacking a number of unidentified prostitutes in the same manner as Ms. Pittman."

He said he "enjoyed the power he felt" while beating the prostitutes.

 

Current Benson photo
Current Benson photo

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARWOOD, THOMAS WILLIAM  4131 JONES COVE ROAD SEVIERVILLE, 378766658  Age at Arrest: 42 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- ASHBY, BRITTANY LYNN  3644 TANAKA TRAIL CHATT, 37404  Age at Arrest: 22 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Kendric Evans, 20, Shot On Lyerly Street

Police said 20-year-old Kendric Evans was shot on Lyerly Street late Sunday afternoon.   At 5:11 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital concerning a person who had been shot.   The victim arrived at the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound which was non-life threatening. The victim did not identify the suspect or how he had arrived at ... (click for more)

Proud Of Chattanooga And The Women's March

I was very happy to participate in the Women’s March on Chattanooga yesterday afternoon. The diversity and the sheer numbers of women, men and children were incredible. One estimate was at least 3,000. Standing together with all of these like-minded souls was overwhelming and humbling.  I have rarely been so happy and so proud of my town.  One question is, why is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Washington’s Favorite

By the time darkness fell over Washington, D.C., on Sunday, it had clearly been a monumental weekend. On Friday Donald Trump had ben inaugurated as the 45 th President of the United States. On Saturday a fierce crowd of a half-million women who each are entitled to have the identical rights as men in the same United States, marched on The Mall. And then, the Washington Post printed ... (click for more)

Tullahoma Nips East Hamilton For Central Mat Title

The annual Central Invitational wrestling tournament was cancelled two weeks ago by the threat of inclement weather, but they were able to get it in on Saturday and it was a battle to the wire for the team championship. Luke Champion was the individual winner at 285 pounds and it was his victory that lifted the Tullahoma Wildcats to the team title as they finished the day-long ... (click for more)

Father Ryan Rallies To Beat Soddy Daisy

The Soddy Daisy Trojans may have been embarrassed over a lopsided whipping they took at the hands of the Bradley Bears Thursday night in Cleveland, but they came out with fire in their eyes Friday night in a dual meet with Father Ryan. The host Trojans had a seemingly-comfortable 32-22 lead with three matches remaining, but the Purple Irish won all three -- including two with ... (click for more)