Dispute between driver, pedestrian leads to a scene in west Belleville

News-DemocratSeptember 11, 2013 

An army of police officers responded to West Main and 31st streets in Belleville Monday morning to what police said was a false report of an armed robbery.

Eight police cars drew residents out of their homes in curiosity while officers questioned a pair of men shortly before 11 a.m. When it was all over, Sgt. Bill Herling said there was, in fact, no armed robbery. The whole scene was just an altercation between a motorist and a pedestrian that got out of hand.

Police stopped one of the men as he walked down Main Street. He seemed agitated and was wearing a long, heavy coat in record-setting heat which drew the attention of officers. Herling said when police asked the man if something was wrong he said yes, that he got into a verbal altercation with a man in a car.

Police quickly tracked down the motorist. Both men were taken to the police station for questioning although they were not in handcuffs.

Herling said he was uncertain if charges were going to be filed in relation to the case.

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