This article is compiled from reports issued by the Pettis County Sheriff's Office.


Thursday evening, Deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of East Lane Street in La Monte in reference to a physical disturbance. Deputies located an intoxicated suspect being restrained by a juvenile inside the residence. Once the juvenile moved away from the suspect, the suspect attempted to grab the juvenile around his neck and swung a closed fist at him. Deputies identified themselves, and attempted to grab the suspect, when he began to fight with Deputies and refuse to comply. After being handcuffed, the intoxicated suspect continued to resist and kicked one of the Deputies several times. After an investigation, several parties on the scene stated that the suspect had assaulted his girlfriend and her mother. Lewis R. E. Neal, 37, of La Monte, was placed under arrest. Due to Neal allegedly assaulting the juvenile with closed fists and attempting to grab him around the neck, Deputies are requesting the charge of felony Assault in the 3rd Degree*. Due to Neal slamming a car door on the leg of the wheelchair bound mother (who is paralyzed on half of her body), Deputies are requesting the charge of felony Assault in the 3rd Degree (Special Victim). Due to Neal kicking a Deputy several times, he also faces another charge of felony Assault in the 3rd Degree (Special Victim). Neal also faces charges of felony Resisting Arrest and misdemeanor Assault in the 4th Degree (Special Victim). Neal was transported to the BRHC for a fit for confinement check due to his level of intoxication.  Then, he was transported to the Pettis County Jail to be placed on a 24-hour hold. Bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety.


On the morning of December 19th, Deputies were dispatched to the area of Buchannan Road and Bennett Road in Green Ridge for a report of an abandoned vehicle blocking the road. When Deputies arrived, they did observe a Dodge pickup completely blocking Buchanan Road. The vehicle was towed from the scene.


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*This charge is listed in the Sheriff’s Office report. However, has been altered to a charge of Assault in the 4th Degree (Special Victim) in Casenet (23PT-CR01661) . The whole incident took place in proximity of a five-month-old baby in a bassinet, which was pushed around and almost kicked over. According to the probable cause statement, since the incident affected the infant, Deputies sought a charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 2nd Degree. However, that charge is not pending in Casenet against Neal.


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