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Bragg soldier arrested in beating of Ohio homeless man

Posted April 29, 2010

— A member of the 82nd Airborne Division and a former Fort Bragg soldier have been arrested on charges that they and two other men assaulted a homeless man in Ohio.

Spec. Travis D. Condor, 25, of 2843 Normandy Drive 4 at Fort Bragg, was arrested Wednesday, said Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office. Condor is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center without bond while awaiting extradition to Ohio on charges of felonious assault.

Pvt. Riley Feller, 24, who was stationed at Fort Bragg until being transferred to Fort Knox in February 2009, was arrested in Kentucky and is being transferred to Ohio.

Michael Hesson, a 24-year-old civilian from the Cincinnati area, is also charged in the beating. He was the first to be arrested and was released on bond Tuesday.

Cincinnati police initially said a fourth suspect was believed to be stationed at Fort Bragg, but Detective Kristen Shircliff said Wednesday that authorities were having trouble locating him and that he might not be stationed there.

Cincinnati police said that Condor, Feller, Hesson and the fourth man had been drinking on April 10 when one of them suggested that they go out and "kick somebody's butt." They then decided to target a homeless person they didn't know, police said.

The homeless man, John Johnson, had been sleeping at his encampment under a bridge when the men beat him with a baseball bat and pipe and cursed at him, police said. Johnson, 52, suffered a fractured cheekbone and had cuts and bruises over his body.

"They kept calling me a bum and telling me to get a job," Johnson said Tuesday.

Condor, Feller and the fourth man were apparently in town for the weekend and got together with Hesson and other friends before the beating, police said.

Condor, a native of Savannah, Ga., is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, military officials said. Feller, of Union, Ky., is assigned to the 16th Calvary Regiment at Fort Knox.

The military had already initiated discharge proceedings against Feller. Court records show he was charged with misdemeanor assault in Cincinnati last May and failure to show up in court last July.

Military officials said there was no record of any disciplinary action involving Condor.

Condor returned from Iraq last November after serving what was his first deployment with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, military officials said. Feller served a year in Iraq while he was with the 82nd Airborne, returning to the United States in July 2008.


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  • killing_me_softly Apr 29, 2010

    What you see on the news is in no way a reflection of the crime rate in any particular area. If the media decided to take a month or two off and report no violent crimes in say, Fayetteville, then you would be compelled to believe that there was a drop in crime there. You have to keep in mind that all crime is not reported on the news.

  • Glass Half Full Apr 29, 2010

    Sorry, janeybelle, but I have to disagree with you. You had to dig back 30+ years to come up with some of your examples. Sure, there are crimes attributed to military personnel in the Cumberland County/Fayetteville area but MOST crimes in and around the area are NOT military related. Most of the crimes are committed by folks not connected to the military. Go back to Jeffrey McDonald's time and tally up crimes by military and crimes by civilians and I believe you'll find the civilians win. What these boys did was wrong on so many levels, but I do not believe it is representative of the majority of our military. By the way, I'm in no way military connected now or in the past.

  • Mugu Apr 29, 2010

    Why is this such big news?

  • janeybelle Apr 29, 2010

    Unfortunately, MOST of the killings and beatings around the Fayetteville/Cumberland County area are done by people in the military. I know that there are lots and lots of wonderful people that defend our country everyday, but we get more than our fair share of the bad ones here in this area. Some examples are the Luigis massacre, the Ninja killings, the skinhead killings, the Hennis killings, Jeffrey McDonald, the guy that opened fire on the soldiers taking PT at Ft Bragg, etc. Now there are some more of these types to add to the list around here. Could the military do something about this type of soldier, we are tired of them here!

  • FragmentFour Apr 29, 2010

    These men's families must be so proud...

  • killing_me_softly Apr 29, 2010

    Absolutely disgusting. If looks could say anything....

  • twc Apr 29, 2010

    oldrwizr, that comment was unequally stupid! Where did that come from?

  • oldrwizr Apr 29, 2010

    Why couldn't he do what the other Republicans do and just attend a tea party? It's equally stupid and violent but nobody gets beaten up as far as I know.