An Alton man was charged Wednesday in Madison County Circuit Court with the felony charge of aggravated battery and a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the suspect as Ronald Matthew Singleton, 50, of the 1300 block of Central Avenue.
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at approximately 10:37 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a male creating a disturbance and yelling profanities at the employees and patrons at the Quik Trip at 2809 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. Upon arrival, a deputy located the male who was standing in the parking lot. He was waving his arms erratically and screaming profanities. The male, who was later identified as Ronald Singleton, approached the Madison County Sheriff’s Office cruiser and slammed his fists onto the hood of the car. The deputy exited the vehicle and spoke to Singleton, who was still screaming profanities. Singleton approached the deputy in a threatening manner and eventually pushed the deputy in the chest area with his hands, which forced the deputy to stumble backward into the Sheriff’s Office vehicle. Another deputy arrived and Singleton was taken into custody for aggravated battery and aggravated assault. The charge of battery was enhanced to the felony offense of aggravated battery due to the fact Singleton battered a law enforcement officer who was engaged in their formal duties and acting in their official capacity.
It was determined through investigative efforts that Singleton had been inside the store prior to the deputy’s arrival screaming profanities at both patrons and employees. Additional probable cause was established to support the misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass to property.
Singleton was transported from the scene of his arrest to the Madison County Jail. He was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The felony warrant and information was signed by Judge Kyle Napp. Bond was set at $70,000.