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Three men shot at family in case of mistaken identity, police say

From left to right: Hernandez, Miniex and Molina
From left to right: Hernandez, Miniex and Molina

Three men shot at a car full of children and physically assaulted their father in an attack that was apparently intended for someone else, police say.

The family was driving near Pearl and Art Street in Collinsville just before 3 a.m. July 8, according to a release from Capt. Bruce Fleshren with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. The 38-year-old man and his 31-year-old wife reported being shot at in a GMC Yukon with their children — ages 3, 7, and 11 — in the back seat of the vehicle.

When the father pulled over in the 8300 block of Stowers Lane, Fleshren said, three men got out of a white pickup truck and attacked the man in the street by beating him with a gun.

When the men realized the father was the wrong man, they stopped the assault and fled the scene, police said.

The family’s vehicle was shot at least six times, shattering windows and missing the children by just inches, according to police.

“When deputies responded to this scene they found it a miracle that none of the children were killed, much less not wounded,” Fleshren said in the release. “This was a horrible case of mistaken identity and those charged are lucky to not be facing murder charges.”

The father refused medical treatment. He suffered injuries to his head and arm.

On Friday, 31-year-old Ryan Miniex of Caseyville was arrested with bail set at $75,000 bail. He is facing charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawfully using a weapon a felon, unlawfully possessing a firearm and mob action.

All charges are felonies.

Alex Molina, 35, of Collinsville was also arrested Friday. He was being held on $50,000 bail and is facing a charge of mob action.

Then, on Tuesday, Salvador Hernandez, 24, of Collinsville was arrested on a charge of mob action. He was being held on $40,000 bail.

All three men were still in custody Tuesday morning.