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Jasim Ramadon, former teen Iraqi hero, charged in horrific rape

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Jasim Mohammed Hassin Ramadon is one of five Iraqi men charged in a rape so horrific that a Colorado Springs Police spokeswoman can barely describe the details without getting emotional. And yet last fall, Ramadon was featured in a TV report on view below in which he was hailed as a hero for helping U.S. troops while a teen by, among other things, aiding in the arrest of his own father.

In an October feature on KOAA-TV, Ramadon is described as a "secret weapon" for soldiers serving in Iraq circa 2003, when he was only thirteen.

"I saw people get their head cut off, people chopped up to pieces, people die in front of me, explode," he says in the report. "In Iraq, my dad was in the military with Saddam Hussein's military. He was a captain.... He gave me an A-K and said, 'Time for your childhood is gone. Now you've got to fire at the soldiers.'"

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A photo of Jasim Ramodon as a teenager helping U.S. troops in Iraq.
Rather than doing so, Ramadon told KOAA that he instead approached U.S. Army Sergeant Robert Evans and asked to be arrested -- after which he started to provide information about insurgent cells and the like. The first target for the boy Evans and fellow soldiers dubbed "Steve-O" was to bust his own dad.

"We had Steve-O in the Humvee -- ski mask," Evans says in the report. "Brought his father out; he identified him through the window of the Humvee."

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Ramadon on the cover of "A Soldier's Promise."
In the end, young Ramadon is said to have participated in twenty missions and aided in the capture of forty Saddam loyalists -- tales told by Army First Sergeant Daniel Hendrex in a 2009 book called A Soldier's Promise.

As KOAA notes, soldiers helped Ramadon relocate to the United States. He stayed with Hendrex for a time before entering the foster system -- and he admitted that he had trouble in local schools, in part because other kids called him a "terrorist." He also had learning issues that likely were either caused or worsened by post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries for which he was receiving treatment last year from the Warrior Relaxation Response Center.

The report includes Ramadon talking about being a good father -- he's seen with a toddler. (Not mentioned are past run-ins with the law; the Colorado Springs Gazette notes that he currently has two protection orders pending against him.) He also lingers over memories of his mother, who was killed in Iraq. In his words, "I think she's proud of me; I know she watches over me. I don't regret that decision [to help the U.S. soldiers], because this is the right thing to do, and she always taught me to do the right thing."

Which brings us to the awful events of July 22.

Page down to continue reading about the arrest of Jasim Ramadon and four others.



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breakherlegs46
breakherlegs46

Don't like how people blame race for this sort of crime. Black men rape, white men rape, Asian men rape etc. It doesn't really matter what race it is, some people just have evil in their veins instead of blood.

What may be even worse then the brutal crime itself is the victim blaming I see happening. What happened to this woman is horrific, disgusting and makes me ashamed to be a part of the human race.

So this woman had a big heart and tried to prevent a fight from happening. Stupid? Maybe. Make her in anyway deserving of this incident? Certainly not. The most stupid person in the world would not deserve this. Even nasty people do not deserve rape.

It is never the victim's fault, no matter what stupid decisions they make or mixed signals they give. Rape is an assault which scars people for a lifetime, regardless of how violent the action is. 

I can not believe there are people so heartless as to actually say that this woman deserved this because she made a stupid decision with good intentions. 

iowastate
iowastate

send his ass back to Iraq and the other animals too

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

Deport this POS...  He was no doubt hyped up by the soldiers...anyway...

robbdogg913
robbdogg913

I say (since we can't do it here in the U.S.), find them guilty, deport them, then take them into the back, and be-head each one, one at a time. And let the others see the one before them getting his head chopped off so the man knows what he about to face, and leave the "War Hero" for last.....and chop him up and send his ass back to his family. Rape/molestation in my opinion, should be punishable by death.

 

That woman did nothing but open her heart to those guys.

 

Bill Black
Bill Black

A war hero is always going to have a hard time conforming to the rules of peacetime. What makes a war hero heroic in war time makes them criminal in peacetime. Watch Cool Hand Luke. Luke was a war hero. But he couldn't function in peacetime society. He couldn't function according to the rules of incarceration either. Jasim is not going to find the rules of incarceration easy to obey. He'll die in jail fairly quickly.

Kim Daub
Kim Daub

Awful just awful - I have no other words. My heart is so heavy with sadness and rage for her.

Kyle Williams
Kyle Williams

A lot of words cross my mind when I hear about a brutal rape and 'bizarre and shocking' isn't either of them

Jade Sullivan
Jade Sullivan

So awful! I can't believe anyone could do this to someone, it sickening.

redarm2000
redarm2000

Such a good news, you make a child betray his own family and country and then call him a hero, this type of hero you want, then get it, I wish he raped all of you....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Ex-sheriff Sullivan got 30 days for MULTIPLE infractions.

Considering this practice,

an ex "war hero" will receive some kind of pardon.

Perhaps even Executive Privilege.?.?

He is a celeb of sorts and RARELY, do celebs do time...

Did they discover any glitter ???

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

They would probably not live long in Iraq as they would be considered traitors so send them back to Iraq.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

They would probably not live long in Iraq as they would be considered traitors so send them back to Iraq.

Kelly Everitt
Kelly Everitt

^^^ don't forget the salt after the habeneros...

Jeff Maring
Jeff Maring

With a rusty blade while dousing them in habneros

Rachel Jane Johnson
Rachel Jane Johnson

It wouldn't be good for one of them who gave away all their sercrets though! They're probably waiting for him!!

Lou Paskiewicz
Lou Paskiewicz

It wouldn't any good to send them back to a country that considers rape the fault of the woman.

Equillibrium
Equillibrium

Castration first, then shipped back... abuse it, you should loose it!

Marcus Rose
Marcus Rose

Yeah, me either. Rape is one of those crimes I have little tolerance for. I know people like to think that the same should happen to them....but I disagree. For some reason, when I hear rape, the 1st thing that comes to mind is the 1st Lethal Weapon when Rigs get electrocuted by the Asian dude....and just before he is ready to die...then I switch to Law Abiding Citizen, when he is in the warehouse and dismembers the guy piece by piece! That is how feel ANYONE who rapes a woman should be dealt with...and if anyone out there doesn't have the stomach for it....call me, I would feel honored & be doing a REAL community service!!!!

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

I dont even want to know. Some punishments for crimes should be cruel and unusual. Rape is one of them.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Rape in the US military: A female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be Raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

 

As the war in Afghanistan passes its ten-year mark, sexual assault runs rampant within the ranks, with an estimated one in three female service members raped during their service, according to at least one peer-reviewed study. This is in a military where women comprise more 11 per cent of active duty service members deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and more than 15 per cent of the total military, with at least 200,000 active duty women currently serving.

 

This epidemic also affects men: 60 per cent of women serving in the National Guard and Reserve, along with 27 per cent of men, are estimated to have experienced Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Perpetrators rely on a chain of command that appears to offer virtual impunity for sexual assaults committed against lower-ranking service members.

 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Though El Paso county is known for being ruthless.

Almost as bad as Chambers in Arapahoe....

Officer accountability aside....

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