A Belleville man was charged after St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies had to force their way into his home to protect the woman he is accused of restraining and battering.
Gregory D. Brown, 49, of 27 Creston Drive, was Tasered by deputies when he fought with and kicked deputies. Deputies were called to the home by the victim's daughter at 7:52 p.m. Sunday. The child reported Brown was battering the woman inside the home. Brown would not allow deputies into his home when they told him they needed to check the residence in connection with a call for a domestic disturbance at the home, according to sheriff's office spokesman Scott Weymouth.
When deputies asked Brown if they could speak to the victim, Brown refused to allow them to speak to her and told them she was sick in bed. Brown refused any additional communication with deputies and turned off the lights in the house, Weymouth said.
Deputies attempted to contact Brown and the victim by phone but no one answered, according to the police report.
Brown could be seen in the house and deputies heard glass breaking and the victim yelling. Deputies then saw the victim in the house and she appeared to be asking for help, Weymouth said.
At that point, deputies forced the front door open and attempted to arrest Brown. He resisted and was subsequently Tasered before deputies could take him into custody.
The investigation later determined that Brown and the victim were arguing over text messages. Brown forced the woman to sit in a chair and would not allow her to stand up. When she tried to stand up, he is accused of shoving her back down. When the victim went to get a drink in the kitchen, Brown is accused of shoving her to the floor and into a table and chairs.
Brown was charged by St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly with unlawful restraint, domestic battery, and resisting or obstructing a peace officer. His bail was set at $20,000.