Robert Benscoter arrested for beating his mother with hammer

      Robert Benscoter. (Photo: Anne Arundel County Police)

      An Annapolis man has been arrested after police say he violently beat his mother with a hammer.

      Robert Benscoter is charged with attempted second degree murder, first and second degree assault and reckless endangerment.

      Anne Arundel County police say the 33-year-old used a hammer to strike his mother repeatedly in the head and torso on March 20. Authorities say the 61-year-old victim fled to a neighbor's home, where she called police. When officers arrived at the scene, Benscoter was already gone.

      About an hour and a half later, the suspect was located a half mile away, hiding in a heavily wooded area. He was taken into custody without incident.

      The victim was transported to shock trauma in Baltimore, where she is currently in serious, but stable condition.