HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - From his dorm room at Texas Christian University, Matthew Moyers told Hawaii News Now he was the target of an unprovoked attack.
"He grabbed a fifth of alcohol and swung it, hit me from behind. Hit me right here in the temple. So that knocked me out," he said via Skype.
Moyers said the beating sent him to the hospital.
"I was bleeding out of my mouth and my nose. I was on the ground and he came back over to my unconscious body and he started stomping on me," he said.
Honolulu police said on July 17, Moyers and some friends were standing on the shoreline near the Outrigger hotel at one in the morning.
"The male approached the group, asked them if they wanted to buy dugs. When they refused, he challenged them to a fight. He became mad," said Sgt. Kim Buffett of CrimeStoppers.
She said the attacker struck two girls that were in the group, then he went after Moyers.
"Before I know it I'm bloody," he said. "I'm walking back to my hotel. I'm asking, 'What happened? What happened?'"
Buffett said cops are after a suspect - a local looking male, 18 to 20 years old, 5'7" to 6'1" tall, and 140 to 175 pounds, with a goatee and light mustache. She said he goes by the name "Jesse Boy."
"What stands out on him is that he has those gauge earrings, those big white gauge earrings on both ears. They should be noticeable," Buffett said.
Moyers said after the attack a local family took him into their home.
"I had a black eye. I was just a mess and they were just so kind to me," he said. "I still have a huge amount of respect for the Hawaiian people. They're awesome."
Moyers is 18. The Hawaii trip was his summer break between high school and college.
It turned into a nightmare.
If you can help police solve the crime call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.