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Jun 3, 2013 5:48 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com

Police Zeroing in on Facebook Assault Suspect

CORPUS CHRISTI - A video posted by a Manuel Moya several weeks ago on Facebook shows a man beating up a 16-year-old boy.

On Facebook, a user posted she was the boy's mother and she was the one who orchestrated the beating. On May, 24th, we showed the video to Corpus Christi Police who expressed disgust in the obvious assault.

"The video is very disturbing," said C.C.P.D. Captain Michael Alanis.

They said they'd investigate the video; today police announced they've made some progress.

"Once it went out and made even more public on your station," he said, "the calls started coming in."

Captain Alanis says everyone from friends to family members to the 16-year-old's mother called into the police station.

"She reached out to us and said, 'hey that was my son.' and she wanted to speak to a detective," Alanis said referring to the mother of the boy.

While police aren't releasing the details of that conversation, they say all the tips people have given them have helped them build enough information about the victim, the suspect and the location of the assault to build a report.

According to the Texas Penal Code, the assault, classified as a class-A misdemeanor, has a punishment of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Since the video hit our newscast, Manuel Moya's Facebook has disappeared. Although police say he's their suspect, they know there's two sides to every story.

"We have video which you can see with your own eyes what occurred," Alanis said. "We don't know what occurred prior to that. We only have a portion of the video."

That's why they'd rather have the man, seeing beating up the teen in the video, call the police so they can get the whole story on how the beating started in the first place.

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