Crime

Police: Four men batter victim at St. Clair Square food court

Police said they don’t know why the four men attacked another man at the mall food court.
Police said they don’t know why the four men attacked another man at the mall food court. William Berry - Fotolia

Fairview Heights police say four men face charges of aggravated battery and mob action after they allegedly teamed up to attack another man in the St. Clair Square Mall food court Saturday.

According to a police statement, police were summoned to the mall at 2:40 p.m. Saturday to respond to reports of a fight in progress.

“Witnesses and the victim reported four Hispanic males in a group together were either fighting or acting as if they were fighting with two other Hispanic males within the food court,” the statement said. “Once the males separated, the group of four Hispanic males turned their attention to a white male sitting at a table eating food with a female friend.”

Police said the four men, all of whom knew the victim, threw the victim to the ground and kicked and punched him. The alleged attackers were detained by mall security and later arrested by Fairview Heights police.

Charged in connection with the attack are Francisco J. Hernandez-Rojero, 21, of Fairmont City; Rodrigo Avila Jr., 21, of Collinsville; Santo R. Banuelos, 20, of Fairmont City and Pedro V. Banuelos, 25, of Fairmont City.

Witnesses said the suspects and the man they allegedly attacked had no contact prior to the attack and it wasn’t clear why the man was targeted.

All four alleged attackers face a single count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and mob action, a Class 4 felony. Their bonds all were set at $30,000.

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