Former 'Baseball Wives' star Anna Benson arrested for attempting to rob estranged husband
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/10/2013
Anna Benson is facing charges after she allegedly tried to rob her estranged husband and former New York Mets pitcher Kris Benson.
The former Baseball Wives star, who is currently being held without bond by Cobb County, GA, was arrested on Monday and charged with battery with a gun, possession of a firearm in a felony and criminal trespass, and two counts of aggravated assault, ESPN.com reported.
According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Anna entered the Smyrna home the couple once shared fully armed -- carrying a handgun, bulletproof vest, taser, expandable baton, hatchet, knife, and an ammo belt -- demanding $30,000 from Kris, who had filed for divorce in July 2012.
Anna reportedly explained she confronted Kris in the bedroom and hit a computer monitor with her baton after making her way into the house via the garage. In the police report, Kris said Anna asked for the money while holding a gun, and in attempt to throw her off, Kris reportedly told her he needed to find a cigarette lighter but called the police outside the house instead.
When police arrived at the scene, Anna was reportedly smoking a cigarette on the back porch and said the gun was inside. Kris told police he "maybe" thought Anna was going to shoot him since she was "screaming and out of control," ESPN reported.
Anna was subsequently questioned about the bulletproof vest and reportedly told authorities she was required to wear it for long periods of time as a way to test the product for a company and get it to "mold to her body."
Upon her arrest, the former Penthouse model cried and claimed she was completely innocent, according to ESPN. If convicted, Anna could reportedly face up to 20 years in jail for the assault charges.
Anna met Kris when she was a dancer at an Atlanta strip club. The couple went on to wed in 1999 and have three children together. Anna, who has another child from a previous relationship, had previously filed for divorce from Kris in 2006 but ended up withdrawing the petition.
Anna is known for making waves during her marriage to Kris, as she attended a family-friendly New York Mets team Christmas party dressed as a sexy Mrs. Claus and told Howard Stern in 2004 she'd have sex with her estranged husband's teammates if he ever cheated on her.
Baseball Wives debuted on VH1 in November 2011 and ran through January 2012 before being canceled.