Police: Man Hit Children At Wal-Mart For Thrill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Police in Ohio say a man accused of striking children in the head with his fist and keys at a Wal-Mart store told them he did it for the thrill.

Sixty-eight-year-old Ralph Conone was arrested at a Columbus Wal-Mart Wednesday on two counts of assault.

Police say a mother had store employees call police after the woman's 6-year-old son told her Conone hit him.

The boy was treated for a minor cut on the back of his head. Police say his 7-year-old brother also had been struck.

Sgt. John Hurst says Conone told investigators it was exciting to hit children with their parents nearby.

Police say they're trying to find two more children seen getting struck on store surveillance video.

Court records do not show an attorney for Conone.

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  • by Becky Location: OH on Mar 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM
    The man sounds like he has mental issues. He had no right to do this and ought to pay for what he did BUT parents need to take also make their children mind when they are in a store. Nothing is more irritating when you are trying to shop and kids are running around the store like it is there own little playground. It is just as bad when you are in a resturant. If it is a buffet you see some kids that are allowed to go play in the food as they desire. It is disgusting. I quit going to the buffets for that reason.
  • by jennifer Location: belpre on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:55 AM
    if someone punched my 6 year old in the head they had better pray the police get to them first... and izzy, you were a child once too, and ill bet you didnt just stand around silently!!! if you dont like it go elsewhere!
  • by private Location: athens ohio on Mar 15, 2010 at 11:50 AM
    There would be no valid reason for hitting any child. He needs to either be locked up in jail or in the nuthouse. If they slap him on the wrist and release him you will see him in the future in the paper or news for murdering a child.....attention juditial system "here's your sign"
  • by em on Mar 14, 2010 at 11:43 PM
    I have to say. I can not stand whiny kids in Wal-mart. I have been half tempted to punch them myself. BUT I HAVE NOT DONE IT!!!! This guy is a real freak. If that had been my child, I really don't even know what I would have done. WOW!
  • by Bre Location: Vienna on Mar 14, 2010 at 08:04 PM
    Right on Rolando. I for one would love to do the honors.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    If he'd hit my kid, they'd not needed the cops, just an ambulance.
  • by Tina Location: Marietta on Mar 14, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    Hopefully the courts will order a mandatory psych evealuation for this man. He obviously has issues.
  • by angela on Mar 13, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    if he thinks that is fun, what else does he do to them that no one knows about..very sick man!!!!
  • by Izzy Location: Parkersburg on Mar 13, 2010 at 07:27 AM
    I can see a lawsuit coming out of this one. Parents seem to think that places like Wal Mart are playgrounds for their children. Maybe this man had enough of children running, screaming and destroying. Parents, the children are yours, watch them.
  • by susan Location: parkersburg on Mar 13, 2010 at 06:45 AM
    what a loser!
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