Two Charged for Aggravated Battery following Theft/Traffic Accident

On Friday, March 8, 2019, Fairview Heights Police received a 9-count warrant charging:

Garnet R. Patton
43 years of age
East St. Louis, IL

with the following:

2 counts of Aggravated Battery
Armed Violence
4 counts of Aggravated Fleeing
Theft
Mob Action

Patton is currently being housed at the St. Clair County Jail with a $200,000 bond (10% cash).

A 6-count warrant was issued, charging:

Devin B. Hall
39 years of age
St. Louis, MO

with the following:

2 counts of Aggravated Battery
Mob Action
Theft
Resisting a Peace Officer
Obstruction of Identification

Hall is currently being housed at the St. Clair County Jail with a $125,000 bond (10% cash).

 

The charges stem from the following: On Thursday, March 7, 2019, at approximately 12:23 p.m., the Fairview Heights Police Department responded to a report of a theft in progress at the Hollister store located at St. Clair Square, Fairview Heights, IL.

When the officers arrived, Hall had exited the store at which time an officer pursued her on foot.  Hall exited St. Clair Square and moved toward a waiting vehicle in the parking lot. Patton was standing outside of the vehicle with the door ajar.  He approached, made physical contact and shoved the officer in an attempt to keep the officer from apprehending Hall. The officer struggled with both suspects, however, both individuals were able to enter the vehicle.  The officer was partially inside of the passenger compartment when the vehicle began to flee, however the officer was able to safely exit the vehicle. Fairview Heights officers attempted to stop the now fleeing vehicle but disengaged due to the erratic driving behavior of the suspects. A radio broadcast alerted other agencies of the incident and the fleeing vehicle.  The vehicle was observed exiting Interstate 64 at Rt. 111. An assisting agency pursued the vehicle westbound on State Street in East St. Louis. The suspect vehicle entered into oncoming traffic when a collision occurred at State St. and 30th Street. Officers requested emergency fire and medical units to the scene. The Hall and Patton were taken into custody, and were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the second vehicle was transported to St Louis University Hospital with serious injuries. Illinois State Police are investigating the traffic accident.