ALTON — A city man is facing a misdemeanor charge after allegedly hitting the son of a Madison County Board member, who was severely beaten last year.
Alton police cited suspect Enoch C. Smith, 52, of the 900 block of East Seventh Street, with battery causing bodily harm on March 18.
A police report says Michael Holliday Jr., 45, of the 2200 block of Edwards Street in Alton, was about to board a Madison County Transit District bus shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday in the 2500 block of Edwards Street.
Smith, though, approached Holliday and allegedly punched him in the face “for no apparent reason,” the report says.
Holliday suffered a small cut on his left check, which was bleeding slightly, the report says. It quotes Smith as saying he was tired of Holliday “messing with him all of the time.”
Last May 31, Holliday, the son of board member Michael “Doc” Holliday Sr., suffered a head injury when someone beat him in Upper Alton. The younger Holliday was found lying in the grass at Washington Avenue and Amelia Street and could not remember what happened. He also had a swollen left eye, split upper lip and cut hand, police said.
He was hospitalized in St. Louis.
Holliday also was beaten severely several years before that, also suffering a head injury. Several years prior to that, someone knocked him down as he walked in the Amelia Street area, sustaining injuries.
He ran unsuccessfully for 5th Ward alderman in April 2001.
Linda N. Weller may be reached at 618-463-2559 or on Twitter @Linda_Weller.