Wheelchair Assault: Eckert Mathews Arrested After Allegedly Battering Disabled Brother

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Here's the full report from the Sheriff's Office.

The following individual was charged today in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of AGGRAVATED BATTERY:

AGE: 51

On Monday, January 21, 2013, the Madison County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic disturbance at 5445 Maryville Road, Granite City, Illinois. Deputies met with a handicapped occupant of the residence, who reported being battered by a fellow occupant of the home, who was identified as Ecker L. Mathews. The incident reportedly took place after Mathews told the victim he couldn't live in the home anymore. The victim said Mathews began hitting him after telling him he had to move out of the residence. The victim said he was knocked out of his wheel chair during the attack, but was able to get back into his wheel chair and exited the home. The victim responded to a local business and called the Madison County Sheriff's Office to report the disturbance.

Ecker was arrested at the scene and transported to the Madison County Jail where he was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office. Ecker qualified for the enhanced felony offense due to the fact that the victim was physically handicapped. The victim was not seriously injured as a result of the incident.

The felony warrant and information were signed by the Honorable Judge Richard Tognarelli. Bond was set at $50,000.00.

And here's the official charge from the State Attorney's office.

Ecker Mathews Charges by

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