WW2 Vet Attacked Outside Ohio Hospital, Storms Expected, Teen Falls Off Carnival Ride

WW2 vet attacked outside Cincinnati hospital (Source: WXIX)
WW2 vet attacked outside Cincinnati hospital (Source: WXIX)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -Visiting his wife at Good Samaritan Hospital, an elderly man never expected he'd end up a patient. Paul Browning, 86, was beaten for his wallet outside the hospital on Sunday. "What can make a guy just say, 'You know, I'm going to go whip up on this old man,'" said Browning's son, Marvin Browning. Paul Browning spends hours at Good Samaritan every day visiting his wife, Ilda, who's rehabbing from surgery.  Police say Craig Phelps beat Browning, and tried to swipe his wallet as he walked out the hospital doors headed to his car. "He said he was walking to his car and didn't even see the guy.  When he walked around the corner of the wall up there by the entrance, the guy just jumped him," said Browning. Left bloody and swollen, Browning is now recovering in the same hospital in which he was just a visitor minutes earlier. "He told him, 'I'm an old man.  I don't have any money.'  He helped him up, and told him he was sorry, he thought he was somebody else," Browning told FOX19. The attacker then took off, as did Browning. "He said, 'I thought I needed to get away from there in case he came back.'  He drove home, and we had to bring him back," said Browning. Browning is a World War II veteran, spending time in Italy, where he met his wife.  He takes care of her since she had a stroke years ago.  He's now dealing with his own recovery, including swelling, bruising, stitches in his mouth, and other cuts and injuries.  Doctors also discovered a heart murmur, but don't know if it's connected to the beating.

Warm and muggy now, scatter storms poss. this afternoon but clearing in time for the Tribe game. Mostly Sunny and warm tomorrow but upper 80s by the end of the week and a big cool down by the weekend!


TUESDAY: Mostly Cloudy start, scattered showers. Thunderstorms poss. In afternoon. High: 82
TUESDAY NIGHT: clearing from storms to partly cloudy. LOW: 60
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and warm but drier air and less humid. High: 82


EL PASO, TX (CNN) - A carnival ride accident sent two teenagers to the hospital Sunday night. Authorities say they fell more than 12 feet off a ride at the Saint Anthony Seminary's Annual Bazaar. "I was standing right by the ride when it happened. And I heard a loud thump noise and a bunch of people screaming. And when I turned around there was a body right there on the floor," said Michaela Roman, a witness. "I didn't notice the second body until later, but it was a woman and she was laying there motionless. There was a lot of chaos and panic because a lot kids running around, a lot of families." The El Paso Times reports one teen was seriously injured and one had minor injuries. Witnesses told local TV station KTSM the ride operator failed to shut the ride's door. The El Paso police's Crimes Against Children Unit is investigating.

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 Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager