Self Defense in Austin
She shoved her revolver in her attacker's face. "First I tried to point it up in his face so that he would see that I had a gun so he would take off running," she said, "But he didn't." The two continued to struggle on the ground. The attacker blocked his victim's nose and mouth so she could neither scream nor breathe. She fired three shots. "It was very difficult for me to do," she says. Her attacker fled before police arrived.
Half an hour later, Christopher Benavides showed up in the emergency room of Brackenridge Hospital. He had a gunshot wound to the face. Police were notified. Benavides had a prior record of criminal trespass and mischief. He confessed he had planned to steal her cell phone to sell for cash. He now faces charges of assault and robbery.
The victim was not charged.