by Sam Levin
Pro-tip: If a cop tells you that you are causing a disturbance, don't threaten him with murder. That could make things more difficult for you! Such was the case with Kevin Beasley, a 36-year-old South Roxana man who police say created quite a ruckus in East Alton over the weekend by yelling and screaming and knocking on doors.
When a deputy from the Madison County Sheriff's Office arrived, Beasley allegedly told him that he would find his home -- and kill him.
For now, he is behind bars at the Madison County Jail as prosecutors review the case. His bond is set at $75,000.
Police say the call came in on Saturday at around 5 a.m. from an individual reporting "a suspicious male knocking on the doors of homes" on the 800 block of West Airwood Drive in East Alton.
He was, the report says, "yelling and creating a disturbance in the area."
When deputies arrived, they found him at the intersection of Stolze Drive and West Airwood Drive where -- given the yelling and knocking, it seems -- police had probable cause to arrest him for disorderly conduct.
He had knocked on the door of a resident he did not know, police say.
Beasley, however, quickly gave them more reasons to handcuff him, according to the report.
The sheriff's office explains:
Beasley later made specific verbal threats to a Sheriff's Deputy which included his intent to locate the deputy's residence and murder the deputy in his home. This threat was conveyed to the deputy relative to the execution of the deputy's official public duties as a sworn law enforcement officer with the Madison County Sheriff's Office.
Because the officer was on duty at the time of the threats, Beasley is facing a felony charge of threatening a public official, which is in addition to a misdemeanor charge for disorderly conduct.