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Man allegedly hit with brass knuckles during fight near Belleville; 2 men arrested

Joshua P. Garrett, 18, of Freeburg and 19-year-old Robert A. Hock Jr.
Joshua P. Garrett, 18, of Freeburg and 19-year-old Robert A. Hock Jr.

Two men were arrested over the weekend after police say a fight broke out at a home near Belleville.

A 30-year-old man was hit at least once in the face with brass knuckles during the altercation, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Bruce Fleshren said.

Deputies say they found a group of people had been drinking at the house when several people began arguing. Two men and the 30-year-old resident of the home began to fight, deputies say. The 30-year-old man was struck several times in the face, allegedly with a pair of brass knuckles at least once.

Police arrested 18-year-old Joshua P. Garrett of Freeburg and 19-year-old Robert A. Hock Jr. of Fayetteville. They were in the St. Clair County jail Monday afternoon. They were both charged with mob action, a Class4 felony.

Garret’s bail was set at $10,000 and Hock’s was set at $30,000.

The 30-year-old resident suffered a gash to his face and was taken to St. Louis University Hospital, Fleshren said.

Belleville News-Democrat news editor Dana Rieck was selected as Editor and Publisher’s “25 Under 35 Newspaper Leaders” for 2018 and works with the Online News Association in St. Louis. She attended Colorado State University and grew up in Loveland, Colorado.

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