Doctor Indicted for Attempted Murder of Son-in-Law


Dr. Georges J. Bensimhon (Mug shot from Cleveland Heights police)

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio-- A doctor from Allentown, Pennsylvania was indicted by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury on Wednesday for the attempted murder of his daughter's estranged husband.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said that Dr. Georges J. Bensimhon, a 66-year-old anesthesiologist, is accused of trying to kill Dr. Seth Hoffer, 39.

Hoffer is a neurosurgeon at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

Cleveland Heights police said Bensimhon was wearing a mask and hiding outside the back door of Hoffer's home on Dellwood Road on the morning of Sept. 4.

When Hoffer went outside just after 6 a.m., authorities said Bensimhon attacked him with a pry bar and hit him repeatedly in the head.

The victim, who was bleeding profusely, still managed to fight off his attacker and pin him to the ground, according to police.

He then yelled out for neighbors to call police.

When officers arrived, they arrested Bensimhon and found he was carrying injectable sedatives and spinal syringes.

Bensimhon was indicted on one count of attempted aggravated murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of felonious assault.

He appeared in Cleveland Heights Municipal Court on Sept. 5 and was released on $500,000 bond.

He also surrendered his U.S. and Israeli passports.

Bensimhon was employed by Coordinated Health. They released the following statement, Wednesday afternoon:

"Dr. Georges Bensimhon was terminated today. We’re currently conducting an internal investigation on the matter and cooperating with all law enforcement. Our policy is not to comment on ongoing investigations. Our patients and employees remain our top priority."

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