A young Missouri woman was nearly beaten to death by her boyfriend, left blind in one eye and with horrific wounds all over her face. The police desperately pursued the attacker, but the woman’s family also decided to take things into their own hands, adamant to get her justice.
St. Louis news station, KMOV, reports that 20-year-old Chelsea Simmons was brutally beaten after a quarrel in her Centralia, Illinois apartment almost resulted in murder. The incident sent police on a hunt to find her attacker, 27-year-old Cedric Powe, who already has a lengthy criminal history.
Simmons’ step-mother, Melissa Zack, relayed to KMOV the disturbing details of Chelsea’s attack, stating, “Apparently he choked her until she passed out, brought her back, then choked her again and continually stomped on her head. She’s scared and she probably will be forever.” The beating was so brutal that doctors say the woman was incredibly close to losing her life.
The vicious attack left Simmons with brutal facial bruising and a permanent loss of vision in one eye. Powe, who is known by friends as “Moe,” fled after the attack and continued to hide from authorities, which prompted Chelsea’s family to step up and take action as well.
Desperate for justice, Chelsea Simmons’ family put together their own money in hope of answers. Mark Zack, Simmons’ father, offered $500 to anyone with information that could help police find his daughter’s attacker. Zack’s wife told KMOV, “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.”
X95 Radio reported that Cedric Powe was eventually captured by St. Louis, Missouri police, four months after the savage beating. Powe was then extradited back to Illinois where he was sentenced to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to the domestic battery incident. In addition to his prison sentence, Powe must serve 4-years mandatory supervised release and pay $1,352.60 in restitution.
Powe was initially held at the Marion County jail with a bail set at $500,000. According to Marion County Sheriff, Rich Stevenson, Powe managed to increase the amount of charges while in custody. Video surveillance footage caught Powe breaking off a dustpan handle and hiding it in his jumpsuit. It was later discovered that a Risperidone pill, which is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder symptoms, was hidden in a straw extension.