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Monday, October 29, 2012

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Marcus Jones
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Vincent Anderson
Cape Girardeau police say it was no accident: An Arkansas man purposefully steered a stolen car into a group of joggers Sunday morning, leaving three of them with moderate injuries -- bumps and bruises, one said -- including the provost of Southeast Missouri State University.

Police declined to disclose what might have motivated two Arkansas men charged in the crime, Vincent T. Anderson of Little Rock and his alleged accomplice, Marcus E. Jones of Cotton Plant. But the men were in custody shortly after the car struck three of the six runners, including university provost Ron Rosati.

The men were charged later in the day, said Sgt. Brad Smith of the Cape Girardeau Police Department. Anderson, 19, faces five felony counts, including three for first-degree assault along with tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. Anderson also faces a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident. He was being held on a $75,000 cash-only bond, Smith said.

Police say that Jones, 27, was the passenger in the 1994 Ford Thunderbird that had been reported stolen shortly before 7 a.m., about 10 minutes before the victims phoned 911. Jones has been handed counts of second-degree vehicle tampering and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. Jones was held on a $15,000 cash-only bond.

Arrest warrants and other court documents were not available Sunday, but Smith said investigators have come to believe that the driver hit the pedestrians on purpose.

"Based on our investigation," he said, "we believe it was a deliberate act."

The incident took place over a short period of time early Sunday morning, with a report coming in shortly before 7 a.m. that a Thunderbird had been stolen near the intersection of Broadway and West End Boulevard. Ten minutes hadn't passed, Smith said, when police received a call reporting a "vehicular assault" at the intersection of William and South Main streets.

Rosati, who was hired as Southeast provost in 2009, in an interview with the Southeast Missourian, was mystified as to why someone would so blatantly try to hurt them.

"I can't understand why someone would do that," Rosati said. "It was just random. It doesn't make any sense to me. But it wasn't an accident. It was some crazy guy just acting crazy."

All three that were hurt walked away from the incident, Rosati said, although one woman did go to a hospital for treatment. Rosati said he injured an ankle, a hip, his right side and his left shoulder.

But it could have been much worse, he said.

He and his friends were running in front of the Thunderbird, which was idling at the intersection at a stop sign, Rosati said. Rosati remembers turning and offering a friendly wave to the driver. After they passed, Rosati said he barely noticed the sound of the Thunderbird accelerating from the stop sign. But he did look back and saw the car swerving -- across lanes -- toward them, he said.

"He cut across all of the lanes to get at us," Rosati said.

Next he knew, the impact knocked Rosati onto the hood of the still-moving car, for how long he's not sure. He does remember asking himself why the driver wasn't stopping. He also considered the possibility of falling off the hood into the path of the car and being run over, he said.

"If it had been a Hummer or a truck, we would not have been on the car," Rosati said. "We would have been under it."

Most likely within seconds, the runners were on the ground and nursing their wounds.

Within the hour, the men were apprehended on North Henderson Avenue, basically without incident, police said, though they attempted to flee.

Casey Mills saw some of that scene play out because he lives on that block and was awakened by his dog's excited barks and then the yelling.

Later, he saw the police put the men in the back of their patrol cars.

"It's scary that it's in my backyard," Mills said. "It can happen anywhere. People can get drunk, do a bunch of bath salts and do all kinds of crazy stuff. Now they're stealing cars and running through joggers. That is insane."

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Can't wait for people to say that the police should have not chased them or bad mouth the police in someway.

-- Posted by cartman89 on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 1:44 PM

lock these idoits up and throw away the key.

-- Posted by bagman75 on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 1:50 PM

what were they doing up here from arkansas anyway?

-- Posted by bagman75 on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 1:53 PM

police should have not chased them

cartman89, what article are you reading? this one withheld anything about a "chase".

-- Posted by maelstrom on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 4:31 PM

How long where have they been out and why did they get out This is a Sign of Cape PD is going to look at and tell us why they were driving will have to be a good read.

-- Posted by falcon2412 on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 4:36 PM

Charges should be attempted murder! They knew what they were doing...did it on purpose...

-- Posted by whyowhy on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 6:44 PM

These two look like real winners. Two more that go around terrorizing good people. Good job Cape P.D. lock them up and throw the key away both of them are a menace to society.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 9:21 PM

They weren't being chased, who said anything about them being chased?

Falcon, what are you talking about?

-- Posted by TheOneDude on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 11:00 PM

"university provost"

How does the occupation of this victim matter to this story? He is no more important than the other victims of this crime.

"Within the hour, the men were apprehended on North Henderson Avenue, basically without incident, police said, though they attempted to flee."

Fled on foot or by automobile?

-- Posted by chocolate thread on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 1:48 AM

Hangem before they do more damage, these two dont deserve to terrorize others.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 6:40 AM

falcon2412 how long where have they been out. What have you been smoking?

-- Posted by ssinteriors on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 7:06 AM

Where are the hate crime charges.

-- Posted by ssinteriors on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 7:07 AM

yeah, how come no hate crime charges? were all the joggers white?

-- Posted by TommyStix on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 8:15 AM

these two thugs should be put in jail and locked up for a long time. This was a senseless cowardly act.

-- Posted by Rocky B on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 10:34 AM

So far this is a good read I am happy we have Cape PD and Happy the Joggers just got hurt. Questions on Why 2 people stole a car and ran over people what were they were doing before should be a good read

-- Posted by falcon2412 on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 12:12 PM

If this is true, they waited for the runners to pass....THEN RAN THEM DOWN!!!!! Yes...this is a hate crime!!!!! These "humans" are nothing but POS who deserve exactly what we all think they do!! I don't want to pay for their room, meals, cable, and education in prison!! I'm enraged at this story!!

-- Posted by whyowhy on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 12:32 PM

Are these college students perhaps, with a grudge against the Provost? If not, what were they doing in town? I don't think there was a chase, and they were still caught by law enforcement. Goes to show, that apprehensions can happen without chases. Had there been a chase, there could have been alot of people killed or injured. This does not meet the criteria for hate crime.

-- Posted by Beaker on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 12:58 PM

I seriously doubt these two were college students!! More like out all night thugging in the streets.

-- Posted by MINT4U on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 2:07 PM

College students. Lol. I have had a hearty laugh.

They were here to steal something I'm sure. Like a car perhaps. Might as well mow some people down while you're committing felonies.

-- Posted by SilverPants on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 2:54 PM

Would this be a hate crime as black driver and white victoms?

-- Posted by Logical Thinker on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 3:12 PM

whyowhy in Missouri, 1st degree assault is the same as attempted murder.

-- Posted by bigdaddy200 on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 8:08 PM

Where are the hate crime charges? If that had been two white men who deliberately ran into a (insert minority group here) they certainly would have been charged with a hate crime!

-- Posted by Data48 on Wed, Oct 31, 2012, at 11:43 AM

They would not have been charged with a hate crime if the races of the victims and perpetrators were reversed. Educate yourself about the law and hate crimes before making a generalization.

-- Posted by Oliver on Thu, Nov 1, 2012, at 1:13 PM


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