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Police Charge Man For Random Store Kid Punchings

Police Charge Man For Random Store Kid Punchings

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The Columbus Dispatch via YellowBrix

March 13, 2010

COLUMBUS – The 68-year-old grandfather accused of punching random children in a Northwest Side Walmart remained in jail after his first court appearance yesterday.

Franklin County Municipal Judge Mark Hummer set bond for Ralph Conone of 5687 Shadowbrook Dr. at $150,000. Should Conone post bond, he is ordered to stay away from his victims and Walmart while the case proceeds.

Conone stood quietly in court, his hands cuffed in front of him. He is being held in the Jackson Pike jail.

Columbus police have charged Conone with two misdemeanor counts of assault, but they said they expect that additional accusers will come forward.

Hummer ordered the news media not to photograph Conone in court to protect the police investigation. Police said they hope other children who were punched can identify him.

Conone was held Wednesday night at the Walmart at 2700 Bethel Rd. after a 6-year-old boy complained to his mother that Conone had punched him in the back of the head. The woman followed Conone out of the store, grabbed his arm, led him back inside and notified security.

Police said a review of the store’s surveillance video not only confirmed the punching of the boy but also revealed blows to his 7-year-old brother and two other boys.

Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Police Division spokesman, said investigators have yet to identify the two other boys.

Conone told police he would put his keys between his fingers and strike the children when their parents weren’t looking. He said he’d been doing it since January because he liked the excitement of getting away with it.

His public defender said in court that Conone has mental-health issues.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    He needs help and I pray he get it...

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    Cat_D

    over 4 years ago

    9610 Comments

    He's darn lucky he didn't hit a LEO mom's child. If some POS had hit one of MY kids like that, I'd be the one in jail for stomping his worthless rear end !!!! Kudo's to the mom who stayed cool. Takes a BIG man to pick on 6 and 7 yr. olds. Because he liked the excitement of getting away with it !!!! GRRRRRRRRR

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    sabrake

    over 4 years ago

    86 Comments

    I am pretty sure my wife would have hurt him before the police pulled her off of him.....

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    give him all the help he needs in jail.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    "....Conone has mental-health issues." Ya think ?!?!?!?!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Really? your such a big guy that you pick on children?? loon.

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    Weberstudios

    over 4 years ago

    204 Comments

    what a nut case!

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    MannBearPig123

    over 4 years ago

    100 Comments

    darn whippersnappers!

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42234 Comments

    He liked the excitement of getting away with it. Deep problems here. Emotionally unstable and immature. Obviously does not play with others. Needs to stay away from people...forever!!!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    This jerk is lucky that all that lady did was grab his arm and take him back inside. For myself (and my notoriously short temper) I'd likely have tried to stomp a hole in this guy's chest.

    But they got him fair and square. Let justice be served and let the kids rest well tonight.

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    Talon

    over 4 years ago

    638 Comments

    He obviously knew what he was doing. He purposely targeted children because he knew what an adult would have done to him.

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    beejac

    over 4 years ago

    1424 Comments

    Nothing like an irate mom to make a citizen's arrest.lol

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    1051dispatcher

    over 4 years ago

    722 Comments

    What a mental case! That mom was a lot calmer than I would have been. Kudos to the young boy who told his mom and her following up!

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    ill_taze_u_bro

    over 4 years ago

    2844 Comments

    This guy has some seriouse problems.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    The guy does have some mental issues. What a knuckle head.

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