Fund established to help disabled Iraq war veteran in Stillwater arrested after mistaken identity

A bank fund was established to help a disabled former soldier pay off a debt created after he was mistakenly arrested for an assault in Junction City, Kan. The fund for Shawn Dunbar was set up after several people asked about helping once they saw his story Sunday in The Oklahoman and on NewsOK.com.
BY MICHAEL BAKER Published: October 26, 2010
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— A bank fund was established Monday to help a former soldier pay off a debt created after he was mistakenly arrested for an assault in Junction City, Kan.

The VA Fund for Shawn Dunbar was set up after several people suggested it or asked about helping after reading his story Sunday in The Oklahoman and on NewsOK.com, Dunbar said.

"If I'm fortunate enough to raise the money to clear my debt, I'll stop the fund," Dunbar said, adding he was somewhat overwhelmed and very pleased with the support he has received.

Dunbar, 25, was arrested April 27. The Geary County (Kan.) Sheriff's Department had listed Dunbar on a felony warrant after witnesses said a Shawn Dunbar had committed the assault.

Dunbar, of Stillwater, was cleared in August when the victim saw him sitting outside a Kansas courtroom and told authorities they had arrested the wrong man. Geary County deputies are now looking for a different Shawn Dunbar who lives in Kansas.

Because the Veterans Affairs Department is prohibited from paying benefits to wanted felons, the warrant and arrest interrupted Dunbar's disability benefits. Dunbar suffers from brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder related to his service in Iraq, where he said he disarmed improvised explosive devices.

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