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Bell Shooting Survivor Arrested

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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2007 12:00 am

Trent Benefield, one of the men who survived a shootout with police last November that killed his friend Sean Bell, was arrested Tuesday night.

Benefield, 24, was arrested for allegedly slapping, punching and pushing his girlfriend during an argument in South Jamaica, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday.

According to the district attorney, at around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Benefield was backing up his car on 147th Street while arguing with his girlfriend Nyla Page-Walthrus, who was standing outside. Benefield allegedly punched her in the face through the open car window and then hit her with the car door. Benefield then got out of the car and grabbed Page-Walthrus by the neck before slapping and shoving her, police said.

Benefield has been charged with third-degree assault, harassment, and driving with a suspended license. Page-Walthrus, who has a child with Benefield, is not cooperating in the case, according to news reports. If convicted, Benefield can face 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.

On Nov. 25 last year, Benefield, and friends Bell and Joseph Guzman were leaving a club in Jamaica when police fired 50 shots into Bell’s car, killing Bell and wounding Benefield and Guzman. Benefield was shot three times, while Guzman suffered six bullet wounds.

Police have maintained that they believed the men were armed, though no gun was found. Three of the officers involved in the incident are facing manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges in a trial scheduled for January.

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