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Two men charged in connection with Caseyville home invasion

Two people were charged Sunday by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office in connection with the home invasion at 130 Cankelly Lane Saturday morning that led to the death of a Festus man.

John Fox, 25, of 110 Virginia in Collinsville, and Anthony Pentecost, of 834 Woodrow in Festus, Missouri, were both charged with one count of home invasion, a Class X felony, and one count of mob action, a Class 4 felony. Pentecost was also charged with misdemeanor battery for striking a female in the face with his hand.

Bond was set at $60,000 each. Fox and Pentecost are both being held in St. Clair County Jail.

Caseyville Police Chief Frank Moore said the charges are a result of a police investigation into what left 24- year-old Christopher Crim of Festus, Missouri, dead following an altercation between him and the homeowner.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Mark Doiron, who was the lead investigator, identified the homeowner as Dustin Prestito of 130 Cankelly Lane, Caseyville.

“All three men (Fox, Pentecost and Crim) broke into the homeowner’s residence. He ordered them out of the house. They left and came back,” Moore said. “Crim threatened the homeowner with a metal pipe of some type and the homeowner shot him in self defense.”

According to a news release from Illinois State Police, Crim, Pentecost and Fox drove to 130 Cankelly Lane where they confronted a female, and Pentecost struck her in the face as she sat in her vehicle at 2 a.m. Saturday. Crim and the female had a previous relationship and had been arguing on the phone just prior to their arrival, police said.

The three suspects then forced their way into the residence and battered Prestito, Doiron stated in the news release. Another resident heard the commotion and ordered the trio out of the residence at gunpoint, according to police.

Police said Crim retrieved a blunt object and returned to the front of the residence where he attempted to strike the homeowner; however, the resident shot him in the body.

Crim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The case was investigated by the Illinois State Police and Caseyville Police Department.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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