CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – It was an absolutely horrific and unprompted attack of a kid – and it was caught on camera. In an apparent random act of violence, a fully grown adult male was in an SUV that stopped by a couple of boys dancing on a street corner.
The adult male got out on the passenger side of the car and punched a 12-year old child in the head.
The adult male then got back into the car and was driven away. The child was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a concussion and a severe nose bleed.
The child, whose name is Ethen, goes by Eman.
He said he has no idea who punched him or what provoked the attack. Eman was dancing with a friend on Main Street in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri at about 11:40 p.m. when the vehicle stopped and a large black adult male stopped in a dark SUV, got out and viciously attacked the boy.
The entire incident was captured on video – you can find it below.
It should have been a peaceful evening for Eman and his friend who were participating in a small community led performance.
The two children were dancing on the street corner while music placed on a speaker. They were filming themselves from a nearby camera.
A man named Michael “Crank” Curry soon joined them. Mr. Curry said in an interview with TMZ that the two boys are students at his local dance studio. He is the one who posted the video. Mr. Curry said this is a regular occurrence and they have never had any trouble until now.
Mr. Curry and the two boys were exchanging dance moves when the dark SUV pulled up and a man got out on the passenger side.
He appeared to join them in their dance and when he got close enough he swung hard and smacked the 12-year-old child in the back of the head. He then ran off to the safety of his vehicle and was driven away.
Eman does not know who the man is or why he would have been attacked in such a way.
The video shows people running to assist the young boy immediately after the assault. The video, shown below, is very disturbing to watch.
The police are searching for the alleged child beater. They do have information on the identity of the subject and the owner of the vehicle he was traveling in.
The police encourage anyone else with knowledge of this despicable and heinous act of violence against a child to please contact them.
“This is a cowardly and disgusting act of inexcusable violence on one of our public streets”, said a representative from the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Sgt. Joey Hann. We (sic) “ would like to insure that this suspect is safely apprehended.”
The news hit the Twittersphere with a small wave of support for the boy and pleas for information leading to the arrest of the man responsible. People with information can call (573) 339-6313 to reach their anonymous tip line.
The incident didn’t get as much mention as one might think an adult violently and randomly attacking a child should get. It may or may not have had something to do with the skin color of both the victim and the alleged attacker. If that is the case, it is truly a sad state of affairs.
Meanwhile, the real hero in this story, Michael Crank Curry, the dance instructor, tried to give chase, but had to give up as the car sped away. He came back to attend to the stricken boy and waited with him until police and paramedics showed up.
The investigation is ongoing.