Police: Madison County man attacks 77-year-old neighbor with pliers

News-DemocratJuly 25, 2013 

Police say a 77-year-old Godfrey man who tried to warn a neighbor about a potential problem with a leaky faucet ended up getting attacked with a pair of pliers.

According to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, Gerry E. LeClaire, 37, of 1301 White Oak Trail, is accused of hitting his neighbor with a pair of pliers after that neighbor went to LeClaire's house to inform him of a leaking outdoor faucet. The victim suffered cuts and bruises to his arm where he was attacked with the tool, pollce said.

LeClaire is charged with aggravated battery in connection with the alleged attack, which happened about 7 p.m. Tuesday. According to the police report, the victim and his wife were walking near LeClaire's home when they noticed an outdoor water faucet at the home spraying water.

The victim, who is acquainted with LeClaire's family, went up to the home to let the family know of the leaking faucet, police said. While the victim was talking to LeClaire's mother and informing her of the faucet, LeClaire approached, armed with pliers, and started cursing at the man and demanding to know why he was there, according to Sheriff's Capt. T. Mike Dixon.

LeClaire is accused of striking the victim on the arm with the pliers.

LeClaire was arrested and his bail was set at $40,000.

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