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Police: Fight escalated into armed burglary

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Stacy Vogel
July 29, 2009

Three men were arrested Wednesday when a fight escalated into a home invasion, Janesville police said.


Scott R. Beckwith, 26, of 322 Swan Lane, Janesville, and Christopher R. Bobzien, 25, of 2300 Hawaii Drive, Janesville, broke into a home at 418 Center Ave., Janesville, after a resident there allegedly hit Bobzien's girlfriend, according to a news release from the Janesville Police Department.


Witnesses said Beckwith pointed a handgun at occupants of the home while Bobzien struck Michael G. Benage, 24, several times in the face, the release says.


Police originally were called to Center Avenue and Racine Street at 9:15 a.m. for a report that Benage struck a woman during an argument. Benage was arrested on a battery charge and released, and police left the scene, said Sgt. Chad Pearson with the Janesville Police Department.


The woman then called Bobzien, her boyfriend, Pearson said. He and Beckwith forced entry into Benage's home at about 10:15 a.m., the release says.


Bobzien fractured Benage's cheekbone, the release says. He was treated and released at Mercy Hospital.


Bobzien and Beckwith fled after the assault, the release says. Bobzien was arrested a few minutes later in the 600 block of West VanBuren Street, and Beckwith was arrested two hours later in the 300 block of Swan Lane.


The handgun had not been recovered as of Wednesday afternoon, the release says.


Beckwith was arrested on charges of a felon in possession of a firearm, armed burglary, recklessly endangering safety and a probation hold, the release says.


Bobzien was arrested on charges of felony battery, burglary and a probation hold, according to the release.



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