ALTON - Five men are in custody after allegedly attacking a man outside an East Broadway tavern during a fight Tuesday that reportedly started down the street at another bar.
Late Wednesday afternoon, police were preparing to file misdemeanor charges of mob action against the men after failing to obtain felony charges. They were being held on probable cause.
Their names will be published when they are charged with the offense, likely today. The men are from Kane, Belleville, Collinsville, Bethalto and Grafton.
The victim, Eric Schmidt, 22, of Alton, suffered some minor injuries but did not require medical treatment, said Capt. Scott Waldrup of the Alton Police Department.
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