Former paratrooper is second US veteran arrested in connection to brutal killing on Taiwan

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Jason Hobbie, 46, was arrested last month and is now the fourth suspect being held in the death of a 43-year-old Canadian man killed and dismembered with machetes on the evening of Aug. 21, 2018, according to Taiwan News. COURTESY OF FACEBOOK
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Jason Hobbie, 46, was arrested last month and is now the fourth suspect being held in the death of a 43-year-old Canadian man killed and dismembered with machetes on the evening of Aug. 21, 2018, according to Taiwan News. COURTESY OF FACEBOOK

Former paratrooper is second US veteran arrested in connection to brutal killing on Taiwan

by: Matthew M. Burke | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 15, 2018

A second U.S. military veteran has become ensnared in the grisly drug-related homicide of a Canadian school teacher on Taiwan over the summer.

Jason Hobbie, 46, was arrested Oct. 18 and is now the fourth suspect being held in the death of Ramgahan Sanjay Ryan, a 43-year-old Canadian man killed and dismembered with machetes on the evening of Aug. 21, according to the English-language Taiwan News.

Hobbie was allegedly fingered by Ewart Odane Bent, 30, a former Okinawa-based Marine who has confessed to premeditated homicide in Ryan’s death, Taiwan News said. Hobbie — who served in the Army between late 1991 and spring 1997, according to his military records — stands accused of helping Bent and two others cover up the crime by destroying evidence.

After Bent confessed to his role in the crime, he began to cooperate with police, according to Taiwan media reports. He allegedly told them he and Oren Shlomo Mayer, a 37-year-old Israeli-American tattoo shop owner and former Israel Defense Forces soldier, “lured” Ryan to a riverside park in New Taipei City.

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