A Missouri woman was viciously assaulted by her boyfriend, causing permanent vision loss in one eye in December 2013. In response, the woman’s father is allegedly offered a $500 reward to anyone that can offer information on the whereabouts of the attacker.
Chelsea Simmons, 20, of Centralia was almost killed by her boyfriend, Cedric Powe, 27, during an argument, according to Mt. Vernon News.
“Apparently he choked her until she passed out, brought her back, then choked her again and continually stomped on her head,” said Chelsea’s stepmother Melissa Zack. “She’s scared and she probably will be forever.”
Also known as Moe by friends, Powe allegedly absconded to the south side of St. Louis after the beating. Chelsea’s father, Mark Zack Simmons, offered $500 to anybody that could give authorities trustworthy information to help track down the suspect.
The warrant charges allege that Powe took considerable steps towards first degree murder or causing great bodily harm by choking his girlfriend. The aggravated domestic battery charge alleges that Powe punched and kicked Simmons.
“He needs to be caught so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else, and I don’t have to worry about it happening to her ever again,” said Simmons’ stepmother.
Medical professionals said that Simmons was minutes away from certain death. Though it’s a miracle she lived through the ordeal, she unfortunately had to endure pain from the assault for the rest of her life.
The suspect has a long criminal history. In 2008 Powe was charged with domestic battery and obstruction of justice. He plead guilty to the obstruction of justice charge and was sentenced to one year of imprisonment. However, because of his guilty plea, the domestic battery charge was dismissed.
On Dec. 27, 2013 Simmons filed a restraining order against Powe, but her family and police recognized it was not guaranteed to protect the victim, according to reports. Powe has a track record of violating restraining orders, including two instances in 2008 and 2009.
The suspect was eventually caught, and in April 2015 Powe was given the maximum sentence of 14 years in jail for aggravated domestic battery, according to WJBD.
Sources: MVN, WJBD / Photo credit: WJBD