Police: Godfrey Man Attacks 77-Year-Old Neighbor With Pliers For No Good Reason

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Gerry Leclaire.
On Wednesday, a 77-year-old Godfrey, Illinois, man and his wife were walking down their street when they noticed an outdoor faucet spraying water. Worried that it might be accidentally on or broken, they decided to alert the residents, neighbors they were acquainted with.

While talking to one woman in the home about the faucet, Gerry Leclaire, a 37-year-old resident of the home, angrily approached. And for seemingly no good reason at all, Leclaire attacked the elderly man.

With a pair of pliers.

This is at least the account from the Madison County Sheriff's Office, which reports that Leclaire is now facing a felony charge of aggravated battery.

Police say that the victim was talking to the suspect's mother when he randomly attacked:

Leclaire began cursing at the victim and demanded to know why he was at the residence. Leclaire's mother attempted to calm Leclaire telling him the victim was a neighbor. Without justification Leclaire struck the victim's arm twice with the set of pliers. The victim and his wife fled the scene and returned home.

The elderly man sustained cuts and bruises to his arm as a result of the attack. The incident happened at around 7 p.m.

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Here's the full announcement from Madison County:

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

GERRY E. LECLAIRE
MALE
AGE: 37
GODFREY, ILLINOIS

On Wednesday, July 24, 2013, the Madison County Sheriff's Office met with the victim of an Aggravated Battery. The 77 year old victim told deputies he was battered by Gerry E. Leclaire Jr., at approximately 7:00 p.m., on July 23, 2013. The victim and his wife were walking near Leclaire's home when they noticed an outdoor water faucet at the Leclaire residence spraying water. Being acquainted with the Leclaire family and concerned the faucet was accidentally left on or broken, the victim approached the residence intending to make the family aware of his observation.

The victim made contact with Leclaire's mother and made her aware of the broken or leaking faucet. While speaking with Leclaire's mother the victim was confronted by Gerry Leclaire who was armed with a pair of pliers. Leclaire began cursing at the victim and demanded to know why he was at the residence. Leclaire's mother attempted to calm Leclaire telling him the victim was a neighbor. Without justification Leclaire struck the victim's arm twice with the set of pliers. The victim and his wife fled the scene and returned home. The victim sustained cuts and bruises to his arm as a result of the attack.

Deputies investigating the incident located Leclaire after speaking to the victim. Leclaire was taken into custody 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.

The warrant and criminal information for Leclaire was issued by the Honorable Judge James Hackett. Bond was set at $40,000.00.

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Bryan Berger
Bryan Berger

I know I live in the place most gave up their hopes & dreams to go west & settled for a ferris wheel next to a dirty river while they watch the most boring sport on the planet. But... I refuse to participate in the religous, racist, trolling, fuckery that is RFT's lamebook. I know you guys need content but really? I sadly fight my last bible belt bitch on these lame ass posts of Metherson County & the jaded reality's of the next Detroit. **Hit's Unsubscribe**

Andrew D'Angelo
Andrew D'Angelo

"There should be a special level of hell for this pus-sucking gangrenous malignancy of a mental amoeba."

mesmereyezme2
mesmereyezme2

"There should be a special level of hell for this pus-sucking gangrenous malignancy of a mental amoeba."

Courtney Cronin
Courtney Cronin

"For no good reason"... as opposed to all the great reasons to attack people with pliers?

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

I think he's missing a couple of chromosomes 

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

The RFT never ceases to amaze me on their journalistic abilities. Nice going virtually rewriting the police report and then following it with the report. The redundancy department of redundancy is working overtime!

DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

He looks like he could be related to james crocker, the float trip shooter.

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