A mother and son are charged following an incident on Highland Avenue on Tuesday.  42-year-old Aaron E. Crowder of the 700 block of Highland Avenue is charged with one count of disarming a police officer, and one count of aggravated battery against a police officer.  77-year-old  Pearl A. Carter, also of the 700 block of Highland Avenue, is charged with one count of aggravated battery, and one count of injuring a police canine.

Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons told the Big Z that the officer was on a routine patrol in the neighborhood and witnessed a suspect, now identified as Crowder, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant.  The officer then got out of his vehicle and attempted to take the Crowder into custody.  At that point Crowder allegedly began struggling with and resisting the officer, and the canine, when Carter allegedly approached the scene and began hitting the police dog with a stick.   Another motorist passing the scene, which the chief called a “Good Samaritan,” assisted the officer by detaining the male suspect until other officers arrived a short time later.  The officer suffered a minor injury to his hand.  The canine officer was not injured.  

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