Bob Yapp testified on Monday, April 28, that he has experienced blurred vision in his left eye since an encounter with a fist on June 26, 2013. He said that the  fist belongs to Curtis W. Miller of Hannibal, who stands charged with  assault in the second degree, a Class C felony.
The encounter, Yapp testified, took place inside of the Lowe’s Store in Hannibal.
Yapp, president of Preservation Resources Inc., and owner of the Belvedere School for Hands on Preservation in Hannibal, said, “I’m always restoring something. I went to Lowe’s to pick up plumbing parts. I went into the back aisle and I saw Curt Miller. I had heard he had been ill, so when I saw him, I said ‘How are you doing?’
Miller, who didn’t testify at his preliminary hearing before Judge John J. Jackson on Monday, primarily kept his head bowed as Yapp gave his version of what happened next.
“He walked toward me with a crazy look in his eyes, and sucker punched me with his right fist, hitting the left side of my face.” Then Yapp said Miller told him, “That’s for talking trash about me.” Then, Yapp said, Miller made a threat to his life.
Yapp asked the store personnel to call 911. “He (Miller) grabbed something and took off out of the store. The manager and I followed him. He got into a truck and left the scene.”
Ambulance personnel arrived at Lowe’s, but Yapp’s wife drove him to the hospital instead. After treatment, hospital staff recommended he make an appointment with an Ophthalmologist, which he did.
“It felt like my eyeball was going to explode,” Yapp said. “My eye went completely black. The pain lasted about a month. His vision became blurred almost immediately, and continues to this day.
“That’s the most alarming thing,” he testified. “I restore historic homes for a living. Having one eye, my perception isn’t as good. And  can’t drive at night. I do hands-on work and travel for my consulting business.
Yapp said that Miller has done work for him in the past both at his residence and at a house restored by the Restoration Class at Hannibal High School.
Yapp admitted that he is a stickler for detail and working to code. “I deal with subcontractors every day. We have to do it to code in my office. He’s gotten angry in the past, but never hit me.”
Judge John J. Jackson listened intently as Yapp testified, holding his glasses in his hand.
The judge found probable cause to bind Miller over for arraignment in circuit court on May 19.
Miller remains free after posting $10,000 cash or surety bond.
The Missouri Attorney General’s office is prosecuting the case.