Warwick intruder faces assault charges

A 28-year-old West Warwick man appeared in District Court on Wednesday to face charges of assault and battery on a woman in her home.

There were audible gasps when police escorted Derek Benjamin into the courtroom with two swollen and bruised eyes.

Benjamin is accused of breaking into a random house on New London Avenue in Warwick on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said he beat up a woman living in the home. Relatives said the woman's husband attacked the intruder, giving him two black eyes.

Benjamin is scheduled for a pretrial screening May 6. He was being held on $50,000 bail.