by Sam Levin
Eckert Mathews, a 51-year-old Granite City resident, decided on Monday that he did not want his brother, Royal Mathews, living with him anymore. After informing him that he should move out of the residence on Maryville Road, he then began hitting him.
The victim was knocked to the ground -- and out of his wheelchair.
This is how the assault happened, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, which ultimately arrested Eckert Mathews for allegedly battering a disabled individual.
Police report that the suspect was arrested at the scene of the incident and eventually transported to the Madison County Jail.
Because his brother -- who was not seriously injured -- was physically handicapped, the suspect qualifies for an enhanced felony offense. Eckert Mathew's bond was set at $50,000.
After the alleged assault, police say that the victim was able to get back into his wheelchair and leave the home. He then went to a local business, which helped him call the authorities to formally report the disturbance.
A spokeswoman for the Madison County State Attorney's Office tells us this morning that Eckert Mathews has had his first appearance and is out on bond. He is set for a preliminary hearing on February 8.
Here's a larger version of his mugshot.
Continue for more documents in this case.
Here's the full report from the Sheriff's Office.
The following individual was charged today in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of AGGRAVATED BATTERY:
ECKER L. MATHEWS MALE AGE: 51 GRANITE CITY, ILLINOIS
On Monday, January 21, 2013, the Madison County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic disturbance at 5445 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Deputies met with a handicapped occupant of the residence, who reported being battered by a fellow occupant of the home, who was identified as Ecker L. Mathews. The incident reportedly took place after Mathews told the victim he couldn't live in the home anymore. The victim said Mathews began hitting him after telling him he had to move out of the residence. The victim said he was knocked out of his wheel chair during the attack, but was able to get back into his wheel chair and exited the home. The victim responded to a local business and called the Madison County Sheriff's Office to report the disturbance.
Ecker was arrested at the scene and transported to the Madison County Jail where he was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office. Ecker qualified for the enhanced felony offense due to the fact that the victim was physically handicapped. The victim was not seriously injured as a result of the incident.
The felony warrant and information were signed by the Honorable Judge Richard Tognarelli. Bond was set at $50,000.00.
And here's the official charge from the State Attorney's office.
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