According to Ken Gordon at the Dispatch, this is the guy that allegedly assaulted Tyler Moeller in a Florida bar.
The questions of who allegedly assaulted Ohio State linebacker Tyler Moeller and where it occurred have been answered, but why it happened remains unclear.
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.
A source close to the investigation told The Dispatch the charge might be upgraded to a felony, based on the extent of Moeller’s injury.
Credit Ken Gordon with the scoop. You knew his name would have to be made public eventually, and it seems that the Moeller family went out of their way to keep this low key. You can only imagine this guy is public enemy no. 1 in the state of Ohio at the moment.
Here is the Pinellas County jail arrest record on the matter. Minus description of Mr. Decker’s various tattoos, it won’t tell you much. It’s his second appearance in the Pinellas County booking record system. He had a previous arrest for “causing an affray” in 2005, which apparently was “disturbing a lawful assembly”.
Take this for what it’s worth: Apparently the original charge is a misdemeanor because, after assaulting Tyler Moeller, the locals cops assumed that the Tyler Moeller that was the victim was a local ne’er-do-well named Tyler Moeller (no relation) who happened to have a mile-long rap sheet. In short: this will certainly be upgraded to a felony and Decker is in serious trouble.