Suspect told police ‘evil spirits made her’ hit 63-year-old man in wheelchair

Bridgette Luster
Bridgette Luster

A 49-year-old Alorton woman charged with battery told police evil spirits made her hit a 63-year-old man in a wheelchair Thursday.

Bridgette Luster was arrested and later charged Saturday afternoon with aggravated battery to a disabled senior. Her bail was set at $50,000 and she remained in custody Monday afternoon.

The -63-year-old man is paralyzed and uses a wheelchair, Alorton Detective Marcus Smith said. The man got off a bus at Pop’s Liquor Store, located at 4601 Bond Ave., and Luster had a conversation with him.

Smith said she then struck him in his face.

Witnesses to the assault, which occurred at noon, called police.

Smith said Luster knew the man prior to the incident.

“Bridgette Luster has been in Alorton for years. The two of them did know each other. When asked what made her strike the victim, she said ‘evil spirits,’” Smith said.

The man refused medical treatment at the scene, Smith said.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503, @carolynhendri18