On Nov. 21 the Salt Lake City Police Department added a man accused of assaulting a gay teenager to its Most Wanted list.
Twenty year old Fa Moi Moi allegedly attacked the 18-year-old victim on Aug. 9 on Capitol Hill’s Churchill Drive, a popular hang out for teens and college-age young adults. The victim told police that a female with Moi Moi asked if he was gay. When the victim didn’t respond and tried to walk away, he said Moi Moi assaulted him and two other people. The victim has since undergone reconstructive surgery on his orbital bone—the series of seven bones surrounding the eyeball.
Moi Moi is charged with two counts of aggravated assault (a first degree felony) with a hate crime enhancement. If convicted he could face five years to life in prison and a fine of $10,000 for each count.
Salt Lake City Police spokeswoman Lara Jones said law enforcers added Moi Moi to their most wanted list in hope of “increasing the pressure, not to mention the eyes” on him. As more Utahns are visiting the police department’s Web site, Jones said the likelihood of someone who knows Moi Moi’s whereabouts is increased.
“We’re hoping the magic of the net can help us locate him if not [get him to] turn himself in,” she said.
Nicknamed “Junior,” Moi Moi is of Polynesian descent with brown hair and blue eyes. Police suspect that he has fled to Hawaii and are working with law enforcement offices in the island state to locate Moi Moi.
Individuals with information on the fugitive are asked to call the Salt Lake City Police Department at (801) 799-3000.