CHAMBERLAIN — A Chamberlain man was charged March 7 with aggravated assault and using meth near a day care.
Joshua Benson, 32, faces three felony and two misdemeanor charges for allegedly punching a man in the face after using meth in a house adjacent to the day care.
At about 3 a.m., Chamberlain police were called to a West 12th Avenue house for a report of a man who said he had been assaulted by Benson. According to court documents, the man, a relative of Benson, had two bleeding cuts under his left eye, which was swelling shut.
The victim reportedly said he had been standing in the front yard when Benson drove up to the house and got out of a vehicle with a machete in his left hand. He then allegedly ran up to the victim and punched him in the face with his right fist before getting back into the vehicle and driving away. The victim said he was knocked to the ground and lost consciousness for several seconds.
Police executed a search warrant on Benson's South Main Street house, which is located across an alleyway from a day care center, and reportedly found a machete-style knife and used hypodermic needles that field tested positive for meth. A THC chocolate bar was also allegedly found in the house within feet of two 4-year-old girls.
Benson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, a Class 3 felony; violation of a drug-free zone, a Class 4 felony; possession of meth, a Class 5 felony; knowing children were present where meth was being used, a Class 1 misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 2 misdemeanor.