Fort Bragg paratrooper charged with beating elderly couple

Jacob Lee courtesy the Moore County Detention Center

A soldier stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina was charged this week with breaking into the home of a couple in their 70s and severely beating them.

Jacob Lee, 25, of Midland, Texas, is accused of attacking the couple with a blunt object, as well as his feet, fists, and teeth, early Sunday morning in Southern Pines, the city police department said in an incident report.

The couple, identified as Donald Naysmith, 73, and Caroline Naysmith, 75, were being treated for serious injuries after the attack, and a family member said on Facebook that Donald Naysmith was in intensive care, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

Lee is a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and has been in the Army for just over three years, according to Lt. Col. Michael Burns, public affairs officer for the 82nd Airborne Division. Lee was charged with first-degree burglary, assault, and injury to property, Southern Pines police Capt. Charles Campbell added.

Fort Bragg didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment about Lee’s employment status, but Col. Herman Johnson of the 82nd Airborne Division said “the alleged incident ... goes against the moral and ethical standards of the Army.”

Lee was being held in jail Wednesday on a $300,000 bond. He was set to appear in court next month, news outlets said.