Four charged in food court fight at Fairview Heights mall

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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KTVI) - Fairview Heights police do not believe a food court fight at St. Clair Square this past weekend was a random act of violence. Four men were charged with aggravated battery in a public place and mob action.

Police say the suspects kicked and punched a victim who was having food with a female friend. A 911 call was received Saturday at 2:40 p.m. Police say it’s not clear why the fight started, but that it’s possible the attackers had a beef with the victim’s brother.

“Whatever reason it is, it wasn’t just random,” said James Mason, a spokesman for the Fairview Heights Police Department. “These four individuals had some connection with the victim.”

Fracisco Hernandez Rojero, Rodrigo Avila, Jr., Santo Banuelos, and Pedro Banuelos were jailed on a $30,000 bond each. Avila is from Collinsville. The other three suspects are from Fairmont City.

Mason says the victim was treated for his injuries at the mall and did not need to be taken to a hospital.

St. Clair Square officials deferred comment on the incident to police. Police say an incident such as this fight is rare at the Fairview Heights mall. They say police routinely patrol the area.