Alton man charged with trying to grab deputy's gun


by Carlos Otero / Staff

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 8:41 AM

1200 block of Enos Lane

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(KMOV) – An Alton, Illinois man was charged Tuesday after he allegedly attempted to disarm an officer during a struggle.

Jason D. Alton, 24, was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery and disarming a peace officer, according to Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.

On Monday, at around 2:48 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1200 block of Enos Lane in Godfrey in reference to a trespassing complaint.

The victim reported that his brother, Alton, was at his parent’s home on Enos Lane and had previously been warned not to be on the property.

According to authorities, the initial responding officer arrived on scene and witnessed Alton quickly walking out of the residence.

The deputy attempted to question Alton, however, he was told to stay away.

As the deputy approached him, Alton reportedly told him to once again stay away and shoved the deputy.

The deputy grabbed Alton and the two went to the ground where Alton began attempting to hit the deputy in the face.

According to authorities, during the struggle Alton grabbed the deputy’s holstered handgun and attempted to pull it out of the holster.

However, the deputy was able to prevent Alton from doing so by pinning him to the ground.

A second deputy arrived on scene shortly after and aided in handcuffing Alton, police said.

Alton was transported to the Madison County Jail, where he was held pending a formal investigation by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The responding deputy was not seriously injured, but did sustain minor scratches to his face as a result of the struggle.

Bond for Alton was set at $75,000.