Crazy Man Bites Woman claims to be vampire, then claims that he was drugged.
GALVESTON - A Galveston man who claimed to be a vampire after being arrested for breaking into a woman's apartment and biting her was under the influence of the date-rape drug Rohypnol, his attorney said Friday.
Someone put the drug in punch that Lyle Monroe Bensleydrank at a party, attorney Adam Brown said.
"He literally had no idea what he was doing. None," Brown said. "He literally blacked out for 12 hours." Brown said his client had no history of mental illness.
Police arrested Bensley, 19, after discovering him howling in the parking lot of the apartment building where he is accused of assaulting a woman. He was arrested on a charge of burglary with intent to commit assault and remains in the Galveston County Jail with bail set at $40,000.
He is accused of breaking into the apartment of the woman, whose name has been withheld, before 7 a.m. Saturday. Bensley, whose body is covered in tattoos, wore only boxer shorts as he growled and hissed while pummeling and biting the woman, police said.
She escaped as he dragged her out of the apartment, then she got into a car driven by a neighbor. Police said Bensley beat on the car as it sped away.
Bensley begged police to restrain him so that he wouldn't hurt them in his attempt to feast on human blood, police said after arresting him.
Galveston officer Daniel Erickson said at the time that emergency medical personnel determined that Bensley did not appear to be under the influence of drugs.
Brown, however, said his client accepted a glass of punch at a party that he believes was spiked with Rohypnol. He was uncertain whether the drug was put in Bensley's glass or the punch bowl.
"He's a very nice young man and he's never been in trouble before," Brown said. Bensley did not realize what he had done until he saw it on television at the jail, he said.
"In this particular circumstance, he had no idea that somebody had drugged him," Brown said.
Bensley works for a landscape company and has a 3-year-old daughter who lives with her mother, he said. "He's just a good kid in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Brown was appointed by the court because Bensley cannot afford an attorney, he said.
Bensley asked for a blood test at the jail but was denied, Brown said.
He said he would have Bensley's hair tested for traces of the drug. He also will ask the court to allow him to hire an investigator to interview people at the party.
Capt. Jeff Heyse, a police spokesman, said police do not normally administer a drug test unless it's related to the charge, such as drunken driving. He expressed skepticism about Brown's explanation.
"Why would anybody give Rohypnol to a guy?" Heyse asked.