Police: Lyle Bensley Claims He's Vampire, Has Been Here For 500 Years
GALVESTON, Texas -- A man claiming to be a vampire told police he did not want to be forced to kill anyone, police said.
Galveston police said Lyle Bensley, 19, attacked a woman at the Ocean Front Apartments in the 7800 block of Seawall Boulevard about 7 a.m. Saturday.
Investigators said that once he got into the apartment, Bensley made hissing and growling noises as he bit the woman's neck and hit her as she was in bed. Bensley started to drag the woman out of her apartment and she was able to run away, police said.
Officers said they found Bensley running through the parking lot nearly naked.
Detectives said this is one of the most bizarre cases they've handled.
"He was adamant on the fact that he was a vampire and he had been here for 500 years," Officer Andrian Healy said. "Stated numerous times he wasn't out to hurt the human race."
The victim had scratches and welts, officers said.
"You could actually see what looked like teeth marks on the side of her neck," Officer Daniel Erickson said.
Police said the victim told them she has never met Bensley and she does not know why he attacked her.
Officers said Bensley's behavior at the jail was also strange.
"Yelling and screaming, growling, hissing," Erickson said. "He actually held on to one of the benches and was warning us to restrain him because he didn't want to be forced to hurt or kill anybody. Gnashing his teeth at us."
Bensley has been charged with burglary with intent to commit assault. He was booked into the Galveston County Jail with bond set at $40,000.
Police said Bensley admitted to drinking the night of the attack.
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