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.
In a press release issued Monday afternoon, the Cape Girardeau police said that they were able to identify the man in the Facebook Live video. The man has been identified as 27-year-old Cedric Charles Moore Jr. of Cape Girardeau.
Moore is being charged with second-degree felony assault and first-degree child endangerment. In a news release, the police department said that those charges have been filed due to the age of the victim and the violence of the act.
In at statement to The Sun on Monday, Cape Girardeau Police Sgt. Joey Hann said:
“The man runs up behind the juvenile who is dancing and violently punches the juvenile with extreme force in an unprovoked attack.”
Hann also said:
“He was able to tell officers at the hospital that he did not know the suspect and he and his friends did not have any disputes that would have led to this encounter.”
After the boy was hit, another individual shouted, “Hey!” and attempted to run after the suspect, but the suspect was already in his car speeding away. This individual identified himself to TMZ as Michael “Crank” Curry and he was the one who posted the video on Facebook. Curry said the victim is named Ethan and goes by the nickname Eman.
None of the dancers had prior knowledge of the attacker, according to Curry and the 12-year-old boy suffered a concussion and an injury to his nose. Curry said:
“He is resting at home today and was still getting dizzy as of this morning.”
Sgt. Hann said in a statement:
“This is a cowardly and disgusting act of inexcusable violence on one of our public streets and the Cape Girardeau police would like to ensure that this suspect is safely apprehended.”
Police officers have gone to Moore’s home and other locations he is known to frequent, but his friends and family are not cooperating. Officers with the Cape Girardeau police department are continuing to survey locations that Moore may be located. Anyone harboring Moore should know they could be criminally charged for their actions. The police department has issued a warrant for Moore who is being charged with second degree felony assault and first-degree child endangerment. His bond is currently set at $50,000 cash only.
A probable-cause statement written by Sgt. Bradley Neels stated:
“The unprovoked random act of violence makes Moore a danger to the community. There was no indication of Moore having any prior contact with the victim who was attacked from behind with no way of defending himself nor any indication that the victim posed any sort of threat to Moore.”
Sgt. Hann said in a statement to The Sun:
“The public understandably expressed a desire to see Moore charged with a hate crime for this heinous crime, but in accordance with state statutes, this charge would only apply if the assault was categorized to a lesser degree, which would not be in the best interest of seeking true justice for the victim.”
The police have provided a 2017 jail booking photo of Moore and officers have asked anyone with information about where Moore is to call 573-335-6621. Tips can also be submitted online at the police department’s website.