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Suspect struck man’s head with shovel in fight outside Millstadt restaurant, police say

Wesley H. Reinhardt, of Millstadt, was charged with six felonies, including attempted murder, following a fight outside of Reinhardt’s Restaurant.
Wesley H. Reinhardt, of Millstadt, was charged with six felonies, including attempted murder, following a fight outside of Reinhardt’s Restaurant. St. Clair County Sheriff's Office

A Millstadt man has been charged following a fight outside a restaurant last week where police say another man was hit over the head with a shovel.

Wesley H. Reinhardt, 45, was also charged with five counts of aggravated battery, according to charging documents.

Around 9:40 p.m. Thursday, police were called to Reinhardt’s Restaurant at 201 West Madison St. for a fight in progress, a news release from the Millstadt Police Department said.

There, police said they found a man with multiple serious injuries caused by blows to the head from a shovel. According to police, the injured man was over the age of 60.

On Saturday, Reinhardt was charged with in connection with the incident. The documents said Reinhardt wrapped his arm around the man’s neck and applied pressure and hit him repeatedly in the body.

“At this time, we are unable to disclose the relationship between the defendant and the victim other than to say this was not a domestic situation,” police wrote in the news release.

The man has since been released from the hospital, the release said. An investigation into the fight is ongoing.

According to the release, Reinhardt remains in the St. Clair County jail in Belleville on a $750,000 bail.

St. Clair County Court records show that on July 13, Reinhardt was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of disorderly conduct following a separate incident.

Reinhardt’s connection to the restaurant was not immediately clear.

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic
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