Here is the new police report from an officer who took over the investigation after the initial investigator went on military leave.
Lots of finger pointing. But no arrests.
FOLLOW UP COMPLETED BY CPL. CURT RINGGOLD
I was assigned this case when Cpl. McPhail went on military leave. The Following is my follow up.
On or about April 5, 2012, I contacted Cadarrius Dotson
at the Hammons Student Center. I introduced myself and advised I was following up on a couple of assaults that happened around the Missouri State University (MSU) campus.
I explained I wanted to know information regarding the assault that took place at 1148 E. Elm on January 28, 2012 (12-3839). Cadarrius Dotson informed me he was at the residence attending a party, but did not see the assault take place. He told me he was inside and had heard the assault took place outside.
When asked about what was said, he claimed to have heard about it, but did not know who was responsible for striking the male. I asked him if
he had heard about ***** the individual who had struck the male and Cadarrius Dotson informed me that he did not recall ****** being present at the party.
I then questioned him about the assault that took place near the intersection of Madison and Roanoke (12-9766) regarding the individual on a bicycle who was punched. Again, Cadarrius Dotson stated he did not see the assault take place. When asked about Dontae Obie’s involvement, Cadarrius Dotson told me Dontae was at the party that was taking place near the location of occurrence, but was unsure if he was involved.
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I was able to meet with Darius Blow. I questioned him about the same two events and Darius Blow claimed to have not seen the incidents take place or any knowledge of the assaults.
Based on the information that Dontae Obie may have been involved I attempted to contact him at his residence, 1001 E. Harrison #706A. Staff at the dormitory confirmed Obie resided at the apartment, but stated he was gone at this time. I left my business card on his door.
A short time later I was contacted by a Henry Service, who advised he was Dontae Obie’s attorney and want to know the details of the attempted contact. I provided him with the details and asked if I could meet with Obie. Service indicated they were in the Kansas City area, but would be willing to drive to Springfield in order for an interview to take place.
Upon their arrival (Dontae Obie, Service and Obie’s mother), I conducted an interview with Obie. The following is a synopsis of the interview. It is not verbatim, but accurately reflects the nature of the interview.
I explained the cases I was following up on. I informed him that the investigation led to him as a witness and possible suspect. Obie indicated he knew of the events, but when asked about the Elm assault (12-3839) he stated he was inside and heard about the fight that took place outside. He later reported to me that he heard an individual named “Boobie” whose first name was Byron was responsible for striking the male subject at the Elm address.
When asked about the assault that took place on Madison (12-9766), Obie claimed to have been at a “club” on that night. He stated he was with two other people the whole night. He did recall everyone talking about the incident and remembered the officers were looking for a subject in a blue hooded sweatshirt.
With this information and using police resources, I was able to determine “Boobie” or “Byron” was Byron Hightower. I called Hightower and completed a phone interview of him, due to him being in Kansas City, Missouri. Hightower confirmed a nickname he had was “Boobie”, and told him that his name was mentioned in an investigation involving two assaults in Springfield.
Hightower told me he has not lived in Springfield in two years, but was in Springfield in January and again in later April. I told him about the assault that took place in January (12-3839) on E. Elm. Hightower advised me he knew nothing at all about an assault and there was no way he was involved. When questioned about March incident (12-9766), Hightower stated he wasn’t in Springfield in March and had no information regarding that.
All means to positively identify a suspect have been exhausted. This case will be suspended and no further follow up will be conducted at this time.