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Fmr. Navy SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden arrested in Texas

Robert J. O'Neill speaking at the 2018 CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Released)
August 28, 2023

Former Navy SEAL Robert J. O’Neill was arrested last week in Frisco, Texas, for assault and public intoxication.

According to Collin County records obtained by The Dallas Morning News, O’Neil was arrested last Wednesday and was released the same day on a $3,500 bond. The records obtained by The Dallas Morning News did not indicate whether the former Navy SEAL had an attorney at the time.

The Frisco Police Department issued a statement to The Dallas Morning News outlining the charges O’Neill currently faces. The former Navy SEAL has been charged with one Class A misdemeanor count of assault that resulted in bodily injury, as well as one Class C misdemeanor count of public intoxication.

According to The New York Post, O’Neill’s incident in Texas occurred after he visited a cigar lounge in Frisco to record a podcast.

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Just days after his arrest in Frisco, the former Navy SEAL posted a tribute to his wife on social media in celebration of his wedding anniversary.

“Happy Anniversary @jessicalynneoneill Thank you for putting up with me! I love you,” O’Neill posted on Instagram, along with multiple photos.

O’Neill is the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden. In 2014, the former Navy SEAL first claimed to have killed bin Laden during a U.S. military operation in 2011. The U.S. government has never officially confirmed or denied O’Neil O’Neill’s claims.

According to The Dallas Morning News, O’Neill is a former member of SEAL Team 6. As a result of his service to the United States, O’Neill received four Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal.

In 2016, O’Neill was charged with a DUI in Montana. However, according to the Montana Standard, the charge was dropped by prosecutors as both the defense and prosecution agreed that O’Neil’s medication for symptoms related to his prior military service led to the DUI charge.

O’Neill was also banned in 2020 from Delta Air Lines for allegedly removing his face mask in violation of Delta’s traveling restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.