Crime

Belleville man who police say punched woman, pushed over motorcycle now faces felonies

A Belleville man who police believe pushed over a motorcycle in September and punched a 64-year-old woman in October is facing two felony charges.

Belleville police responded to Corner Chill and Grill, at 341 Centreville Ave., on Sept. 30 in response to a report of criminal damage. According to police, the female victim and several witnesses said a man pushed over a Harley-Davidson motorcycle on purpose and then fled the scene.

The next month, police responded to the 300 block of West Lincoln Street for a report of an aggravated battery. Police said the victim, a 64-year-old woman, told police a man was running toward her as she was walking to her car.

When she tried to move out the way, the man allegedly changed direction and struck her in the head as he ran by.

Police said the women suffered minor injuries.

After investigating both cases, police said detectives linked Sheldon Williams, 24, to both crimes and arrested him at his home Thursday.

He has been charged by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney Office with aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony. His bond was set at $20,000.

In 2016, Sheldon was arrested after allegedly stealing cash drawers from kiosks at St. Clair Square Mall. He faced two counts of burglary.

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Kavahn Mansouri covers government accountability for the Belleville News-Democrat, holding officials and institutions accountable and tracking how taxpayer money is spent.
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