A young woman in Missouri was brutally beaten by her boyfriend in December, causing her to permanently lose her vision in one eye. Now, the woman’s father is offering a $500 reward to anyone that can provide information on the whereabouts of the suspect.
Chelsea Simmons, 20, was nearly killed by her boyfriend, 27-year-old Cedric Powe, during an altercation last month.
“Apparently he choked her until she passed out, brought her back, then choked her again and continually stomped on her head,” said Simmons’ stepmother Melissa Zack. “She's scared and she probably will be forever.”
Powe, also known by friends as Moe, has reportedly fled to the south side of St. Louis. Mark Zack, Simmons’ father, is offering $500 to anybody that can provide police with reputable information that will help them track his daughter’s attacker down.
“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.
Doctors say that Simmons was just minutes away from certain death, and although it’s a miracle that she is alive today, she will no doubt endure pain from this incident for the rest of her life.
Powe has a lengthy history of criminal activity, including a 2008 arrest that resulted in a domestic battery charge, along with obstruction of justice. Powe pled guilty to the obstruction of justice charge and was sentenced to one year in prison, but because of his guilty plea, the domestic battery charged was dismissed. According to reports, Simmons filed a restraining order against Powe on December 27th, but both the families and authorities know that may not necessarily protect the young woman. Powe has a history of violating an order of protection, including two incidents in 2008 and 2009.
Powe is still on the loose while police, who consider the man dangerous, actively search for him.