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Madison County Teens Knock Man Unconscious After His Car Ran Out Of Gas, Cops Say

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Reese Meier.
Running out of gas while you're in your car can be really stressful -- but for one man driving in Madison County this week, his car problems turned out to be the least of his troubles.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says that this past Saturday at around 9 p.m. his car ran out of fuel on Clover Street in Moro, Illinois. He then walked home to get gas, and when he returned, three male teenagers allegedly approached him from a passing vehicle.

Cops say they started cursing at him for blocking part of the road.

Then, one of them decided to attack him until he was unconscious.

Cops have identified the suspects as Richard Burch, eighteen, of East Alton; Reese Meier, eighteen of Bethalto; and Kenneth Rice Jr., nineteen, of Cottage Hills.

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Richard Burch.

At least one of them reportedly attacked the victim, punching him multiple times until he passed out.

Once he began to wake up, one of the men was pulling his wallet out of his pants pocket.

The victim tried to fight back, but "was overpowered," police say.

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Kenneth Rice.

The suspects fled the area after snagging his wallet.

The victim suffered swelling, bruises and cuts.

Investigators eventually linked the crime to three men and yesterday presented the case to the state's attorney's office. Felony warrants were issued for Meier and Burch, whose bonds were set at $80,000. The two are currently being held in the Madison County jail.

Rice is still at large, and his bond was set at at $100,000.

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Reese Meier.

Individuals with tips can call 618-692-4433 (the dispatch center), 618-296-3000 (the anonymous tip line), or 618-692-0871 (investigations).

Here's the full alert from Madison County:

The following individuals were charged today in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of ROBBERY:

RICHARD A. BURCH
MALE
AGE: 18
437 CALIFORNIA AVENUE
EAST ALTON, ILLINOIS

REESE L. MEIER
MALE
AGE: 18
623 S. NEUNABER DRIVE
BETHALTO, ILLINOIS

KENNETH L. RICE JR.
MALE
AGE: 19
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS
1425 5TH STREET
COTTAGE HILLS, ILLINOIS

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, at approximately 8:48 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff's Office responded to the 100 block of Clover Street, Moro, Illinois, in reference to a reported robbery. The victim told deputies that he was just robbed, by at least two subjects, near the intersection of N. Neunaber and Clover Street, Moro, Illinois. The victim told deputies his vehicle ran out of gas on N. Neunaber, near Clover Street. The victim walked to his home and retrieved fuel. Upon returning to his vehicle the victim was approached by a group of subjects in a passing vehicle.

The victim told deputies the occupants of the vehicle began cursing at him for being in the middle of the road. The victim said at least one of the occupants exited the vehicle and physically attacked him. The subject reportedly punched the victim three times, knocking him unconscious. As the victim was regaining consciousness an occupant of the vehicle was pulling his wallet out of his pants pocket. The victim struggled with the subject but was overpowered. The suspects fled the area after stealing the victim's wallet. The victim was not seriously injured during the attack, but did suffer swelling, bruising, and cuts to his face from the attack.

Investigators developed information and evidence linking Kenneth Rice Jr., Reese Meier, and Richard Burch to the incident. The investigation was presented to the Madison County State's Attorney's Office on today's date. The felony warrants and informations were issued by the Honorable Judge James Hackett, who set Meier and Burch's bond at $80,000.00. Rice's bond was set at $100,000.00.

Investigators located Meier and Burch, who are being held in the Madison County Jail in lieu of bond. Kenneth L. Rice Jr. is currently wanted and being sought by investigators. Anyone having information related to this incident, or the whereabouts of Kenneth L. Rice Jr. is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff's Office at the following numbers:

618-692-4433 (Dispatch Center)
618-296-3000 (Anonymous Tip Line)
618-692-0871 (Investigations)

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ReeseMeier
ReeseMeier

lmao at all you stupid mother fuckers that like to talk shit before you get the true facts I am Reese Meier the one who should have been shot or you all hope gets raped in prison yea blah blah blah do to new founding evidence Me and My Brother Richard Burch were released because the man who actually fought him turned himself in and the one who really robbed him turned himself in which led to me and Richards charges getting dropped and if any of you got a problem with me or Richard then dont hesitate to call me so we can get straight to the point 618-708-1167 alot of you have been saying some pretty ruthless shit but lets see how many of you will actually back your word up and fyi again cause you dont have your facts straight on kenny either he was never once in trouble for messing with underage girls not once you dumb fucks he got locked up because a grown man tried attacking him when he was 16 and kenny hit him with a pipe in self defense so if your talkin shit then suck my dick bitch

lvlyjane2
lvlyjane2

Okay to get the facts straight... These boys did NOT BEAT THIS MAN UP! HE WAS FIGHTING WITH ANOTHER MAN WHEN THEY PULLED UP... THIS MAN WAS NOT WALKING DOWN THE STREET HE WAS NOT OUT OF GAS... WHEN THE TEENS PULLED UP THE GUY WAS FIGHTING WITH ANOTHER MAN AND THEN WHEN THE GUY KNOCKED THE VICTIM DOWN KENNY RICE PROCEEDED TO STEAL THE MANS WALLET! THE OTHER TWO TEENS THEN RAN AWAY! NOW YESTERDAY THE CHARGES WERE DROPPED ON REESE MEIER AND RICHARD BUT KENNY RICE REMAINS IN JAIL ON ROBBERY ONLY NOT AND BATTERY

pcundiff
pcundiff

Who raised these animals?

myname055
myname055

This story is disgusting.. Where is the morality? This is exactly why i moved to suburban Chicago, nothing but festering scum with no respect for bettering their lives in any capacity, lets drive around and "attack people" over MINOR THINGS! I'm certain he didn't have the road blocked that much to warrant physical aggression..? and yeah, he may have shouted back at them.. but honestly? that could have been someones grandfather they knocked out, and what about if they killed him. people die from less when it involves brain contusion. There needs to be a mass cleaning of the "Riverbends" youth and 20 somethings, because a large majority have no skills, no drive, and no respect. It's all one big cottage hills.

KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

This is such a shame...no regard for others at all. Why not help the man get going!

sondrajohnson1234
sondrajohnson1234

OMG THAT KENNY RICE MY NOW 18 YR OLS DAUGHTER NEW HIM WHEN SHE LIVED IN ALTON FOR A BIT  WITH HER FATHER ALL HE DOES IS GET IN TROUBLE AND BUY AND DRINK WITH UNDER AGE GIRLS TRUST ME PICS ALL OVER HIS FACEBOOK AND I JUST WONDER WHY PARENT DONT LOOK AT THERE KIDS FB I HAVE ACCSESS TO BOTH MY KIDS FB AND THERE 17 AND 18 AND PPL HAVE TURNED HIM TO THE COPS GUESS THEY DIDNT DO ANYTHING 

Daniel Alge
Daniel Alge

That's why you carry a Bat in your car, in case you want to go to the cages..

Paul Howell
Paul Howell

Well, there is a new development in Madison County ( I live in the county). The states attorney will not prosecute anyone in the county for carrying a concealed weapon. It certainly could have made a difference in this situation. A warning shot in the air could have prevented the beating. Given my Homeland Security career, I will indeed be armed with a .380 short barrel Glock from this point on in the county.

Marshall Patrick
Marshall Patrick

If I was to guess those boys were not the only ones cussing...........I'm thinking the victim should have kept his mouth shut, that's why he got beat cussin back.........nobody hands out an ass whippin w/o a reason ...........come on folks

Marshall Patrick
Marshall Patrick

I don't think I would attack a man with a gun ....would you Joshua ??? hmmmmmmmm

Michael Mytzlplyk
Michael Mytzlplyk

Shoot this asshole in the head too. We don't need these slimes of our society. Quit considering them people until they start acting like people. They aren't people. They are just some slime ball with a human like appearing body. Execute them on the spot.

Chester Angel
Chester Angel

Keep your eyes open...or is it head on a swivel??

Chester Angel
Chester Angel

Ba-Zing! Got me again! Fuck man I can not wait to meet you in person...

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

it would have been even funnier if you would have spelled my name right while you were trying to be sarcastic.

Chester Angel
Chester Angel

Oh..I see. As a black man I find that very funny. You sir are an internet legend...

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

no, silly. i only do that when it's a photo of a black person.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

oh, and bad facial hair strikes again. it never lies, folks.

Kenny Snarzyk
Kenny Snarzyk

All the usual racist commenters are scratching their heads at this one.

Chester Angel
Chester Angel

Hope and change....huh Eseban Manzier??? Huh?? It would be so fuckin funny if you commented that here...Please do it! Please!! We need your sharp wit! Please!!

Meredith Gulley
Meredith Gulley

Product of their parents! WTG mom and Dad you Failed!

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Hey they had to actually steer their vehicle around a stalled car! What else could they do! I hope they get stuck in prison for years.

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

Hope the scum bags get the full sentence they deserve

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

I wonder if Harvard will cancel their scholarships?

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

He should have poured the gas on them and lit them up.

Don Austin
Don Austin

- and not if he was trained how to shot!

Cappy Sue
Cappy Sue

I hope the little pricks go to jail and find out what it is like to be passed around like a box of candy at a tea party.

Cappy Sue
Cappy Sue

Yes the county cops won't arrest you but the state ones don't recognize it.

Don Austin
Don Austin

lol - yeah, but not what I was thinking!

Joshua Steinmetz
Joshua Steinmetz

You're right, the three men probably would have killed the victim with the gun he was carrying.

ReeseMeier
ReeseMeier

@sondrajohnson1234 you are a fucking idiot Kenny has never once been in any type of trouble with underage girls those ones on his fb are older than him so shut your fucking mouth all you do is sit around on your ass most likely and collect fucking welfare get off your ass and make yourself usefull instead of trying to get involved in someone elses problem dumb as bitch


ReeseMeier
ReeseMeier

@Marshall Patrick the victim got beat by somebody me Richard and kenny do not know we pulled up the road and they were already fighting because the victim had stolen something from the other man none of us had laid a hand on him and in the police report he reported he had ran out of gas but turned right around and said his wallet had 375.00 in it. If he had 375.00 then why did he run out of gas???? 


myname055
myname055

@Marshall Patrick shut the fuck up you piece of shit.. your probably one of those losers from madison county who has no self respect. he didn't deserve to get the shit beat out of him by a group of dropout waste of space who will end up working at Willies fuckin Tire Shop or Karla's Construction if they are lucky.. 

Moxiecat
Moxiecat

@Marshall Patrick Seriously? Because he had ran out of gas and walked home to get more, he should be in a great mood when punks drive by and harass him as he deals with the situation???? 


sondrajohnson1234
sondrajohnson1234

@Marshall Patrick if you only knew what these boys do one is always in trouble and if not mistaken he was on the news cause he had A 14 YR OLD HE RAN A WAY WITH THEY WAS BOYFRIEND AND GIRLFRIEND DIDNT DO MUCH TIME WAS TOLD TO STAY AWAY FROM HER OR HE WOULD GO TO JAIL NOW LOOK WHAT HE IS DOING BEATING RANDOM PPL  UP


lvlyjane2
lvlyjane2

You have no idea what you are saying.... These kids are people and if you knew the entire story before you judged you wouldn't be so quick to run your mouth.... Yes they did wrong but the guy they beat up is a neighborhood crack head and a theif himself.... He has been in and out of trouble as well... That does not make it ok for what these boys did but the boys are people and have feelings like any human being does.. Has it occurred to you that maybe just maybe these teens are suffering from their own emotional problems?

ReeseMeier
ReeseMeier

@Mark Swain just so you know mother fucker im outtttttttttttttttttttttt

lvlyjane2
lvlyjane2

Myname 055.... You obviously don't have your facts straight... These boys did NOT BEAT THIS MAN UP! HE WAS FIGHTING WITH ANOTHER MAN AND THEN WHEN THE GUY KNOCKED THE VICTIM DOWN KENNY RICE PROCEEDED TO STEAL THE MANS WALLET! THE OTHER TWO TEENS THEN RAN AWAY! NOW YESTERDAY THE CHARGES WERE DROPPED ON REESE MEIER AND RICHARD BUT KENNY RICE REMAINS IN JAIL ON ROBBERY ONLY NOT BATTERY! As for them being waste and pieces of shit EXCUSE ME THEY ARE HUMAN AND MAKE POOR CHOICES! YES WHAT THE KID DID WAS WRONG AND HE WILL PAY FOR HIS ACTIONS BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE HIM A PIECE OF SHIT! THIS IS WHEN PEOPLE NEED TO LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE AND FIND OUT WHY THIS KID IS SELF DISTRUCTING.... ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO ALWAYS PUT PEOPLE DOWN AND MAKE THEM FEEL LOW THAT CAUSES TEENS TO WANT TO ACT LIKE ANIMALS! THE KID OBVIOUSLY DOESNT FEEL VERY SELF WORTHY OR HE WOULD NOT OF DID IT... ALSO THE VICTIM WELL HE IS A WELL KNOWN CRACK HEAD AND HE WAS GETTING HIS ASS BEAT BECAUSE HE RIPPED ANOTHER MAN OFF SO WHAT DOES THAT MAKE HIM?!?! GETS FACTS BEFORE YOU JUDGE! THE PAPERS ONLY WANT A GOOD STORY SO THEY GET SOME FACTS AND MAKE THEIR OWN STORY OUT OF IT!

PlainJane
PlainJane

@lvlyjane2 You are whats wrong with America today. Its never the criminals fault, its societies...they are lucky they didnt get killed robbing someone. 

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