GRANITE CITY — Three men are facing felony charges after police say they knocked down a 60-year-old man and took money from his pockets.
According to a press release from Det. Lt. Mike Nordstrom, officers were dispatched at approximately 11:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, to 1901 State St. in reference to a robbery. Upon arrival, officers spoke to the victim, 60, who said he was walking through the parking lot of his apartment complex at 1901 State St. when he was approached from behind by three men who appeared to be in their 20s. The victim indicated he was choked and knocked to the ground by the suspects, who removed an undisclosed amount of currency from his pants pockets. The victim told police the suspects fled the scene on foot. The victim advised he wasn’t injured during the robbery.
The Granite City Police Department Detective Division began investigating the robbery and developed leads that led to two of the suspects being taken into custody on Dec. 8 and the third being arrested in the morning hours of Dec. 9.
On Dec. 9, the facts and circumstances of the investigation were presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, which charged Willie H. Beckwith IV, 19, of the 2100 block of Ohio Avenue, Granite City; Anthony N. Keltz, 18, of the 1200 block of Meridian Avenue, Granite City; and Charleston E. Hilton, 36, of the 1500 block Market Street, Edwardsville; with one count each of robbery to a person 60 or older, a Class 1 felony punishable by 4-15 years in prison; and aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in prison.
Keltz and Hilton’s warrants were presented to Associate Judge Neil Schroeder and Beckwith’s warrant was presented to Circuit Judge Kyle Knapp. The suspects’ bail was set at $150,000 each.
Beckwith, Keltz, and Hilton all remain in custody at the Granite City Police Department pending the posting of bail or extradition to the Madison County Jail in Edwardsville.