Telegraph staff report
February 17, 2014
ALTON — A 49-year-old man suffered a 2-inch cut on the back of his head and a fractured jaw after arguing with a man, who then allegedly hit him, early Sunday in an Alton tavern.
Victim John Swengrosh, of Ridgebrok Lane in Godfrey, was taken via LifeStar Ambulance Service to Saint Anthony’s Hospital emergency room. He then transferred to a St. Louis hospital for further treatment.
His condition was not available Monday.
Police said they planned to seek a charge of aggravated battery against the suspect, also of Godfrey; County offices were closed Monday for the Presidents’ Day holiday.
An Alton police report says when police arrived in response to the 12:33 a.m. call to the Pub Room, 230 E. Broadway, Swengrosh had regained consciousness but had difficulty standing, was confused and unsteady on his feet. The report says the left side of the victim’s face was swollen and the back, right side of his head was cut.
A woman said when she entered the tavern, she saw people pulling the suspect off Swengrosh on the north end of the bar counter. The victim then fell, unconscious, to the floor, the witness told police. The report says the suspect hit Swengrosh several times in the face, and when he fell, the back of his head hit the bar’s popcorn machine.