Couple accused of biting, attacking JC Penney guard during robbery

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KTVI) - The St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office charged a couple from Caseyville, Illinois for allegedly attacking and biting a security guard at a local JC Penney after stealing merchandise from the store.

According to prosecutors, the incident occurred at the JC Penney located in the 200 block of St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights. The couple, identified as Michael Murdock Jr. and Ashley Yon, is said to have taken a shirt, a tie, and pants, and run from the store.

A security guard chased the pair into the parking lot, at which point Murdock and Yon bit the clerk and shoved her away.

The couple was eventually arrested and both Murdock and Yon were each charged with aggravated battery and retail theft. They both remain jailed on $40,000 bond.

Michael Murdock Jr. and Ashley Yon.

Michael Murdock Jr. and Ashley Yon.