Man sought for knife threat turns himself in to police

By Stephen Betts | Sep 06, 2019
Photo by: Knox County Jail Clinton Benner

A Warren man who had been sought by police for nearly three weeks for allegedly threatening a boy with a knife is behind bars.

Clinton Benner, 33, was arrested Thursday afternoon, Sept. 5, on a warrant for Class C criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge.

Benner was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and held in lieu of $1,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the charges Friday afternoon in Knox County Court.

Benner has been sought since the incident Aug. 17.

Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll said Benner turned himself in to the probation office, which then called Rockland police.

According to an affidavit filed by the Sheriff's Office in court, Benner had showed up at Washington Manor, where his ex-girlfriend worked, and threatened a 15-year-old boy with a knife and stated he was going to “cut him.” Benner made the threat after the youth tried to intervene when Benner was yelling at the woman, according to the affidavit.

Police also said Benner attempted to cut the tires of another female’s vehicle prior to the altercation.

Benner had left the area before deputies arrived. He called his former woman friend while officers were there, but would not say where he was, according to the affidavit.

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