FLORENCE — Arrest warrants have been issued for a Florence man accused of attacking another man with a pool cue during an argument about a debt.
First-degree assault warrants were issued for Cedric Donnel Thompson, 30, whose last known address was 688 Sannoner Ave., Florence.
“We have not been able to locate him so far,” Florence police detective Kevin Jackson said.
Jackson said officers have tried to find Thompson in connection with an incident that occurred at the pool hall on West Mobile Street on Oct 17.
Thompson is accused of attacking a 30-year-old Florence man who was inside the pool room.
“The man was hit twice in the head with the pool stick,” Jackson said.
Jackson said the severity of the injuries resulted in him being flown to UAB Hospital in Birmingham, where he spent three days.
“He’s out of the hospital now and doing better, but he suffered a couple of pretty severe blows to the head,” Jackson said.
“He’s lucky his injuries weren’t any worse.”
Witnesses told police the victim was sitting inside the pool room when the attack occurred.
“Thompson told someone the man he attacked owed him money,” Jackson said. “Apparently, Thompson walked up to the victim and hit him once in the forehead with a pool cue and then hit him in the back of the head.”
Jackson said the victim denies owing Thompson money.
Police said Thompson reportedly left the business after striking the man.
“Once we were able to talk with witnesses and the victim and put our information together, we talked with the district attorney’s office and a warrant was issued for Thompson,” Jackson said.
First-degree assault is a Class B felony punishable by 2-20 years in prison, if convicted.
“We just need to find Thompson and get him off the streets,” Jackson said.
Anyone with information is asked to call 256-768-2728 or Stoppers at 256-386-8685.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.