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UC Davis student pleads not guilty to weapons charges
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DAVIS, CA -  A UC Davis student entered a plea of not guilty to assault weapon and resisting police charges in a Yolo County courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

Nicholas Benson, 25, was arrested after a family member told police Benson was armed with a rifle and was planning to hurt himself and others Friday night.

Benson was charged with possession of an assault weapon, resisting or threatening an executive officer with an enhancement of being armed with an assault weapon, and carrying a loaded weapon in public or a vehicle.

Police found Benson after an intensive search standing by his pickup truck on 4th Street and A Street.

Officers told Benson to surrender many times, but he resisted and headed for his truck. Police used a Taser to subdue Benson and arrest him.

Inside Benson's truck police found a loaded semi-automatic rifle with a telescopic sight and a loaded shotgun.

Police said Benson had hundreds of rounds of ammunition on his person and in his truck. Benson had 10 loaded magazines, according to Lt. Paul Doroshov. Each magazine had 30 rounds of rifle ammunition.

"It was a military style rifle," said Doroshov."We don't want to speculate on what his motive was. But it was potentially explosive based on the weaponry involved, the ammunition that was there, and its close proximity to downtown Davis."

Neighbors said Benson worked on cars and was on the wrestling team. He is a senior at UC Davis and a communication major.

"It's amazing nobody was dead," Doroshov said. "Everybody walked away with their life, including Mr. Benson himself."

Benson's bail was set at $1 million.

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