Beating Victim, Wanted on Felony Warrants, Vanishes - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

03/08/06

Beating Victim, Wanted on Felony Warrants, Vanishes

The suspects in a weekend beating case sit in a Chatham County jail cell, but the victim is now missing. The attack happened in front of Blaine's Back Door Bar in Savannah early Saturday morning. Police say witnesses watched five men--all Fort Stewart soldiers--chasing down and beating on a man in the street.

That man, David Bennett, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Now officers say Bennett checked himself out of the hospital and hasn't been seen since.

"He signed himself out of the hospital, yet to be interviewed by investigators, so it's going to be a hard case," said Capt. Bob Merriman with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department. "With the preliminary hearing coming up, if he doesn't show up before, I don't know if we'd be able to go forward or not."

Bennett is wanted for felony warrants in three states, including one for theft.

Investigators say they don't believe Bennett's sexual orientation was a factor in this crime.

Reported by: Andrew Davis, andrewdavis@wtoc.com

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