Men accused in attack on sex offender appear in court

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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - New information in the case of four men accused of targeting and attacking a man listed on the sex offender registry.

All of the suspects appeared in Hopewell General District Court Monday afternoon and for the first time we heard from the victim.

Rudolph Ellis  told the court he's lucky to be alive after being chased and knocked off his moped by the suspects.

He painted a vivid picture of what happened on October 16.

Ellis testified that he was coming out of a store in Hopewell when 19-year-Old Daniel Narron yelled out,  "aren't you that (expletive) child molester?"

Ellis  says,  he responded by cursing at Narron and his buddies.

Ellis  told a judge he jumped on his moped and took off but Narron and his three friends, 20-year-old Damon Silvestro, 25-year-old Eric Harris, and 21-year-old Thomas McCall,  gave chase in a Lincoln Navigator.

Ellis testified, "I feared for my life. The vehicle was right on me trying to run me over."

Ellis was knocked off his moped at Atlantic Street and Hill Avenue.

During the hearing Narron said nothing.  One of his co-defendants, Eric Harris, had two words for our camera.

"No comment," said Harris.

Harris' mother  spoke to reporters on behalf of her son.

"It's a horrible thing that he's going through --  the families are going through and we'll leave it in God's hand and the judges," said Kay Faulkner.

In court,  prosecutors withdrew the failure to report a hit run charge against the four men.

But the felony charge of attempted malicious wounding by a mob was certified to a grand jury for each suspect.

Daniel Narron is also facing an attempted murder charge which was also certified to a grand jury during his preliminary hearing.

The charge against Narron  for misuse of a sex offender registry was withdrawn.

A grand jury is expected to hear evidence in each case next month.

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