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.
#SundayThoughts ‘ASSAULT & BATTERY’ Adult Black Male stops his car, jumps out & attacks 12 year old white child from behind. Hitting him the head the boy falls to the ground & is LEFT laying helpless in the street suffering from a major concussion!(VIDEO) https://t.co/cDo0kFkOOZ
— WAY2GO AMERICA (@kcrumpler63) July 5, 2020
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.
Memphis police: This man shot a mother in front of her five children. Now they are desperate to find him.
MEMPHIS, TN – Where is Black Lives Matter? Oh, that’s right, probably out shaking down more businesses for money, while across the country, African Americans continue to get shot or killed. Not at the hands of police officers, but by other blacks.
The latest story of this outrage comes to you from Memphis, Tennessee, where a mother of five was gunned down in front of her children. Now she is in the hospital fighting for her life while the shooter remains at large.
According to ABC 24 in Memphis, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has obtained an active warrant for 20-year-old Rodney Mcatee, who is considered to be armed and dangerous. The shooting took place this past Thursday. He is also wanted for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The victim’s family confirmed that Mcatee is the shooter.
HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? There’s an active warrant out for Rodney Mcatee. Memphis Police say he is wanted for questioning in the shooting of his girlfriend, Brittany Starks in front of her children. Starks was shot in the chest Monday. She’s currently in ICU. @LocalMemphis pic.twitter.com/I4f5GK4Z4L
— Annette E. Peagler (@Local24Annette) July 2, 2020
The victim was identified by family as Brittany Starks.
“He shot her in the chest just two centimeters above her heart,” said Brianna Hawthorne, sister of the victim. “She tried to end the relationship with her boyfriend, and he decided he was going to end her life.”
According to the family, Mcatee shot Starks with an AK47, just a scant few feet from Stark’s children.
“The people that know her, they know that she’s a sweet hearted person, soft spoken, the whole 9 yards…and for this to happen to her, this is really, really a shame,” said Deborah Hall-Burrows, Starks’ aunt.
The children were unharmed. An active search is underway by both the Memphis Police Department, as well as the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. Starks’ family said that Mcatee has a history of abuse, as well as several brushes with law enforcement.
“If you’re in a relationship and you’re feeling threatened, or you feel as if he is separating you from your family or anything like that, try to get help,” said Demetria Hughes, Starks’ mother.
— Annette E. Peagler (@Local24Annette) July 2, 2020
The family said that Mcatee has been calling Starks’ hospital room to harass her.
“He’s armed and dangerous, two days ago it was my sister, tonight, tomorrow it could be you,” Hawthorne reasoned.
Meanwhile, also as reported by ABC 24, another Shelby County man was indicted for the stabbing deaths of his former girlfriend and their five-month-old son last year. The mother and child were found inside their burning house last year, according to Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
Enoch Zarceno Turner, 25, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated arson, and especially aggravated burglary.
Last September 13, sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence, where family members found the house filled with smoke.
Upon making their way upstairs, emergency responders found Heather Cook, 32, and her son Bentley dead of multiple stab wounds. They found that the fire, the origin of which was determined to be in the bedroom, was intentionally set, according to the fire marshal. Relatives said that the couple had been involved in an argument over child custody issues. Turner was arrested later that day.
ABC 24 said that the case is being prosecuted by Eric Christensen, Chief Prosecutor of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit, which deals with cases of rape, child sex abuse, severe physical abuse of child victims, elder abuse, and vulnerable adult abuse.
Co-prosecuting is Paul Hagerman, Chief Prosecutor of the District Attorney’s Crime Strategies &Narcotics Prosecution Unit. This unit is involved with the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, the Organized Crime Unit, Project Safe Neighborhoods/GunDone, GunStat, the Safe Streets Task Force and the Violent Crime Unit. In other words, it does not appear that any deals will be made with Turner.
Cook’s family released the following statement to ABC 24 News:
“Our family is relieved to hear of the indictment of Enoch Zarceno Turner in the murders of our beloved family members Heather Renee Cook and her baby, Bentley Evan Cook, both of Memphis, Tennessee. Heather was a devoted single mother of five-month-old Bentley, who had just begun his life.
“We are grateful that Mr. Turner has been formally indicted for the murders of Heather and Bentley Cook. We see this as a step forward in seeking justice for the murders of our loved ones. We have confidence that Mr. Christensen and Mr. Hagerman will prove his guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. Justice will be served.”
We are going to keep sharing these stories with you. Because ALL black lives matter.