Wheelchair Assault: Eckert Mathews Arrested After Allegedly Battering Disabled Brother
Eckert Mathews, a 51-year-old Granite City resident, decided on Monday that he did not want his brother, Royal Mathews, living with him anymore. After informing him that he should move out of the residence on Maryville Road, he then began hitting him.
The victim was knocked to the ground -- and out of his wheelchair.
This is how the assault happened, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, which ultimately arrested Eckert Mathews for allegedly battering a disabled individual.
Police report that the suspect was arrested at the scene of the incident and eventually transported to the Madison County Jail.
Because his brother -- who was not seriously injured -- was physically handicapped, the suspect qualifies for an enhanced felony offense. Eckert Mathew's bond was set at $50,000.
After the alleged assault, police say that the victim was able to get back into his wheelchair and leave the home. He then went to a local business, which helped him call the authorities to formally report the disturbance.
A spokeswoman for the Madison County State Attorney's Office tells us this morning that Eckert Mathews has had his first appearance and is out on bond. He is set for a preliminary hearing on February 8.
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