EDWARDSVILLE — A Granite City man was charged Monday, Oct. 27, in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of retail theft under $300 (second subsequent offense), according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the suspect as James Herschell Ellis, 18, of the 2500 block of Lincoln Avenue.
A deputy was fueling his car at 12:50 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at a gas station in Granite City. During the course of finalizing the purchase inside the establishment, a clerk prompted the deputy’s attention to Ellis, who just left the premises suspected to have stolen a food item.
The deputy immediately observed Ellis walking away from the business and was able to make contact with him. During the deputy’s initial contact with Ellis, he turned over the item in question that was removed from the store. As the deputy attempted to place Ellis under arrest, Ellis swung his arm at the deputy and struck the deputy in the face and Ellis began to flee. The deputy began to pursue Ellis on foot. Moments later the deputy and other nearby assisting patrol units located Ellis. He was taken into custody without any further resistance. Other stolen food items were found on his person. The deputy did not sustain any serious injuries during the struggle.
Ellis was 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. Ellis was later charged with felony retail theft in connection with the investigation and misdemeanor charges of resisting a peace officer and criminal damage to property for equipment broken during the struggle with the officer. Ellis was eligible for the enhanced second subsequent felony offense due to a 2013 conviction in Madison County for theft.
The warrant and criminal information on Ellis was issued by Judge Richard Tognarelli. Bond was set at $15,000.