5 local soldiers arrested for beating a man

By Web Staff – email

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Five Fort Benning soldiers are charged with aggravated battery in connection to the beating of a man downtown early Saturday morning.

Police say Nathan Smajda, Shawn Kaverman, Dillon Fisher and Raymond Crowder pulled up to the victim in a Chevrolet Avalanche and attacked him around 3 AM Saturday morning on 10th Street and First Avenue.

Authorities say Tyler Browning did not actually touch the victim, but he is charged because he did not report the attack.

The 21-year old man who was attacked has multiple injuries, including temporary vision loss and possible bleeding in the brain.

He is in the hospital in unsatisfactory condition.

A 25-year old woman was also hit and elbowed in the face when she tried to break up the fight.

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