Anna Benson arrested

Updated: July 10, 2013, 4:35 PM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

Anna Benson, the estranged wife of former New York Mets pitcher Kris Benson, was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and battery with a gun, possession of a firearm in a felony and criminal trespass.

According to a police report, a fully armed Anna confronted Kris in the Smyrna, Ga., home they once shared, but that she now is under order to vacate. She was carrying a handgun and wearing a bulletproof vest. The former Penthouse model also had a hatchet, expandable baton and a taser in her possession.

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Once she was arrested and searched, officers found Anna wearing an ammo belt and carrying a red knife inside her waistband. A bag of syringes was also found in the house, according to the police report.

Anna Benson is being held without bond by Cobb County.

She was a controversial figure even in happier times and likely contributed to the Mets' decision to part ways with Kris after she came to the team's family-friendly Christmas party dressed as a sexy Mrs. Claus. In 2004, she famously told Howard Stern she would sleep with all of her husband's teammates if he ever cheated on her.

Filed on Monday, the police report details that Anna said she entered the house through the garage and confronted Kris in the bedroom, hitting a computer monitor with the expandable baton. Kris Benson told police that Anna got the gun out of her purse and said she wanted $30,000.

Kris told Anna he was going to get her a cigarette lighter and when she didn't follow him downstairs, he left the house and called police. When police arrived, they found Anna on the back porch smoking a cigarette. She told them the gun was inside.

Police asked Kris whether he thought Anna was going to shoot him and he said, "Maybe." He said that Anna had been screaming and out of control.

When the police asked Anna about the bulletproof vest, she said she was testing it for a company and had to wear it for long periods of time to get it to "mold to her body."

When told she was being arrested, Anna Benson started crying and said she hadn't done anything wrong.

The assault charges carry up to 20 years in the case of a conviction, according to the Cobb County District Attorney's office.

Kris Benson, who filed for divorce in July 2012, last appeared in the majors in 2010, starting three games for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The couple has three children together, and Anna has another child from a previous relationship.

The couple met when Anna, who had been married once before, was a dancer at an Atlanta strip club and were married in 1999. She filed for divorce once in 2006 but later withdrew the petition.

Kris was drafted by the Pirates in 1996 and debuted for Pittsburgh three years later. He played for the Mets for fewer than two seasons, in 2004 and 2005, but they were memorable given the headlines the couple made.

Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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