Man Allegedly Hits Woman With Baseball Bat, Now Charged With Attempted Murder


According to Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw, Quamel Benton faces further charges including attempted murder (first-degree), endangering an injured victim (third-degree), and five counts of neglecting a child (fourth-degree).

Following his arrest on Friday, March 22, he was first charged with Aggravated Assault (Second Degree) and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Third Degree).

The investigation began on Thursday, March 21, when Willingboro Township Police Department officers responded to a disturbance report at a property in the first block of Raeburn Lane in Willingboro. They found an adult female inside with a significant head wound. Bradshaw said she was evacuated to Cooper University Hospital in Camden and is still in critical but stable condition.

According to the inquiry, after attacking the woman, Benton escaped in her vehicle before police arrived, leaving young children in the residence.

Benton was caught by authorities from the Toms River Police Department in Ocean County shortly before 1 a.m. on March 22, following a foot pursuit that began after he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a power pole, she said.

In addition to fleeing and resisting arrest, he was accused in Ocean County of attempting to drag a juvenile girl into his vehicle, as well as approaching a woman in a retail shop parking lot and grabbing and groping her inappropriately, according to authorities.

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