Former Centreville assistant police chief faces assault charge

News-DemocratOctober 25, 2013 

Former Centreville assistant police chief Corey Allen, who was scheduled to soon enter prison for lying to a federal agent, was charged on Friday with misdemeanor battery in connection with an assault reported by a woman.

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said Allen, 32, was being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail on the battery charge.

Also on Friday, the U.S. government filed a petition to revoke Allen's federal bond and based on that petition, an arrest warrant was signed by U.S. District Judge Michael J. Reagan and he said Allen was in jail.

Allen, of East St. Louis, received a two-year sentence last month in federal court for lying to a federal agent about giving a stolen gun to a convicted sex offender. He had been waiting to be contacted by the U.S. Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence.

During Allen's sentencing hearing last month, Reagan told him: "The worst mistake you could make is getting in trouble between now and when you report to the Bureau of Prisons."

Records on the battery case do not list a defense attorney for Allen.

The battery charge is in connection with a complaint filed Tuesday by a 29-year-old Belleville woman, according to an East St. Louis Police Department report. The woman declined to comment.

The East St. Louis Police Department report gave this account of what happened Tuesday:

The victim told police that the dispute began after she asked Allen to tow her 2002 Larson 254 Cruiser boat from Carlyle Lake.

Allen reluctantly agreed, according to the report. The woman told police that after she told Allen she didn't want to be late for her appraisal appointment, he told her she should be able to get her own boat towed.

She later went to have a drink with a friend at Club LA at 715 Missouri Ave. in East St. Louis. When she arrived there, she saw Allen with another woman that she didn't know. After briefly talking to Allen, the woman left the club and then went to Allen's residence at 1621 N. 44th St. in East St. Louis.

She started talking to his live-in girlfriend there. The woman then told Allen's live-in girlfriend that she was not Allen's business partner as she had been introduced to her as. She told the live-in girlfriend she had been dating Allen for about 18 months, the report said.

Allen then drove up in a black Denali, blocked her vehicle in, removed her keys from her vehicle and then attacked her, according to the report.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore said the reporting officers wrote that the woman was choked, her head was bashed against a nearby fishing boat, and she was picked up and slammed to the ground.

Allen was restrained by his mother and live-in girlfriend, according to the report.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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