Meet Ralph G. Decker

Posted by Vico in Shenanigans |

According to Ken Gordon at the Dispatch, this is the guy that allegedly assaulted Tyler Moeller in a Florida bar.

Ralph Gray Decker

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.


Written by: Vico | full bio

Vico is the nom de guerre of the founder and current website chair of Our Honor Defend. He is currently living in exile in Alabama.


22 Responses to “Meet Ralph G. Decker”

  1. 1 chibucks

    nice investigative work vico. the smug look is a little bothersome…

    i’d have to assume he had to have a lot of liquid courage (and had the element of a cheap shot) since he’s only listed at 185 pounds.

  2. 2 Dan Isaacs

    On Calssmates:

    Must be a real Luddite. Can’t find him on FB, Twitter, or even Myspace.

  3. 3 Vico

    I don’t want to be the guy that posts the links, because I don’t want to encourage any harassment of Mr. Decker. I found plenty more about him *, but I don’t want to do anything about it.

    * Call it a little trick about Southerners that I learned from living down here for 4 years.

  4. 4 El Caballo de Sangre

    Re: #3

    Vico, I feel you when you say you don’t want to be the one that provides the spark to what would certainly be a Chicago Fire’s worth of harassment for Mr. Decker…BUT: if it were me that knew where to find “plenty more about him”, I’d probably pass it along to other interested parties and let them handle it as they will. There are plenty of Buckeye Bloggers that I’m sure don’t share your squeamishness.

  5. 5 James

    I hear this guy is a hero in Florida. They are still laughing at us down there. According to some blogs, the fact that it was “unprovoked” is in question. He also knew who Tyler was, the “whole place” knew (whatever that means). Unfortunate for Tyler, and bad news for the Bucks.

  6. 6 Go Bucks

  7. 7 chibucks

    @#7 James

    Do you have links to those blogs? That would be totally classless if true – how could you promote sucker punching someone causing internal head injuries?

  8. 8 Matt

    I searched this dood on facebook last night, and that picture was on fbook at that time, as well as his profile. I searched again and its since been taken down.

  9. 9 bucknut

    He must be feeling the hate of the Buckeye nation- all his sites are down. You can still get his phone numbers and email through a simple google search and a few minutes…

  10. 10 Vico

    It looks like the cat is out of the bag. I noticed free message board found him.

  11. 11 Buckeye Bobo

    Well, I would not harass the dude at home, but based on his picture we can start a contest to rename him…..

    I vote for Ass Faced Monkey Boy.

    Soap on a rope!

  12. 12 Vico

    Woah, I must have missed something. Matt, do I understand you correctly when you say that his mugshot was his Facebook profile picture? By time I found his profile, he had no picture and now he seems to be taken off the public register altogether.

  13. 13 chibucks

    the scout forum has been going even further. :) some people claim he was let go by fidelity.

  14. 14 Hawkeye State

    Wait, you guys had a player assaulted by Harland Williams?

  15. 15 Matt

    Yeah, which is why I did a double take when I saw that picture, since it had been a facebook profile picture the night before. It’s not out of the question though that someone else had created a profile for him. I did the search when his name was released, which i think was in the late afternoon yesterday. The profile with that picture didn’t list a network/city (I was looking for a Florida city), but I do recall thinking to myself that the guy looked like a douchebag and it could potentially be him. And now, when I search, it’s gone.

  16. 16 Sean N

    Florida only reserves the felony label for real serious crimes like pot possession.

  17. 17 Albert Franco

  18. 18 Ron

    That’s a new twitter site. Obviously made for nefarious purposes.

  19. 19 James

    Dispatch is now reporting what I said earlier (or close to it). Seemed fishy to me that this guy would pick Tyler out of the blue and just deck him. Something was said. Seems out of character for Tyler to trash talk though.

  20. 20 Vico

    Oooooookay, I finally got around to removing the inflammatory stuff. I don’t encourage harassing Mr. Decker and I don’t want this to be the place where his personal information is disseminated.

  21. 21 Buckeye Bobo

    Who is Mr. Decker, oh you mean Ass Faced Monkey Boy!

  22. 22 Vico

    Okay people, time to close this comments section. This has gone on long enough.