Moeller's Assailant Named

By Jason Priestas on August 18, 2009 at 11:10 pm

The Dispatch tracked down the guy that was booked for assaulting Tyler Moeller:

According to police and court reports, Moeller was punched by Ralph G. Decker at Gators Cafe & Saloon in Treasure Island, Fla., early in the morning of July 26.


Decker, 27, of Kenneth City, Fla., was arrested at 12:20 a.m. and charged with simple battery -- a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

He was booked into a Pinellas County jail and released after paying a $150 bond.

There are no details of the incident. The police report states only, "Male injured in fight with other male." According to Moeller's family, Tyler was punched without provocation.

(As much as the blogosphere likes to pile on old media, this type of reporting is still something they do very, very well -- the digging for facts, calling police departments, etc. Hats off to Ken Gordon and Tim May on the scoop.)