Highland News Leader

Man charged with threatening girlfriend with concrete tool

Kenneth M. Reed
Kenneth M. Reed Courtesy photo

Highland police say a Collinsville man punched and kicked his girlfriend, then threatened her with concrete grooving tool if she tried to leave.

Kenneth M. Reed, 35, of Collinsville has been charged in Madison County Circuit Court with one count of felony aggravated battery and one count of felony aggravated unlawful restraint.

Highland police Detective Brian McClenahan said the incident began on the morning of Nov. 5 at a home on Zschokke Street in Highland. Reed and his 26-year-old girlfriend got into an argument that morning that turned physical, McClenahan said.

McClenahan could not say what the argument was about. However, police allege that Reed repeatedly hit the victim in the head and kicked her in the back. Reed then threatened her with the knife-like grooving tool, holding it to the back of her neck, causing scratches, according to the charges filed against him.

Police were called to the home around 3:21 p.m. that afternoon when neighbors called to report a loud argument.

McClenahan said the woman was running out of the home when police arrived.