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Friday, November 2, 2012

Cape Girardeau, MO -- October 28, 2012

At around 7:00 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, October 28, 2012, a group of local runners were "stalked" and struck by two individuals in a motor vehicle.  The motor vehicle had been stolen just minutes before the incident.  Injured in the assault were Laura Sheridan, Ron Rosati, and Paul Schell.  Fortunately, their injuries were limited to cuts, scrapes, and bruises.

The incident occurred at the corner of Main and William streets in downtown Cape Girardeau.  Most reading this post probably cannot count the number of times they too have ran through that intersection.  While it is next to impossible to anticipate a random act of violence, hopely, this will serve as a reminder to always be alert and watchful while on the road.

This post will be undated regularly, and will follow and document this story until the perpetrators (or are they predators?) are sentenced and jailed.

10/29/2012 -- Southeast Missourian -- Incident and Arrest:

Cape Girardeau PD arrive to take statements.  (Photo from Run Cape Girardeau)

10/30/2012 -- Southeast Missourian -- Charges:

Following the incident, Missouri Running Company owners Bryan and Kim Kelpe posted a set of valuable Runner Safety Tips:

11/3/2012 --  Only six days after the assault, Paul Schell and Ron Rosati return to competition in the Third Annual Running for One More 10K.  Paul will finish 6th Overall and 3rd in the 40-49 Age Division.  Ron will win the 50-59 Age Division.
Paul Schell (Photo from Room for One More)
Ron Rosati (Photo by Scott McQuay)

11/7/2012 -- Southeast Missourian -- Passenger (Marcus Jones) enters pleas.

12/12/2012 -- Southeast Missourian -- Preliminary hearing for driver (Vincent Anderson).

12/18/2012 -- Southeast Missourian -- Passenger (Marcus Jones) sentenced to 90-days.

1/8/2013 -- Southeast Missourian -- Driver (Vincent Anderson) pleads not guilty.  Judge William Syler recuses himself.

4/23/2013 -- Southeast Missourian -- Driver (Vincent Anderson) changes plea to gulity.  Sentencing set for May 21.

5/21/2013  --  Southeast Missourian -- Driver (Vincent Anderson) sentenced to 12 years.

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