Three charged with mob action in Vandalia, another hospitalized

FAYETTE COUNTY — A Friday morning conflict in Vandalia resulted in multiple arrests and one woman being taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Duke, three adults form Vandalia, and three juveniles were arrested in the melee that saw six law enforcement officers from both Vandalia Police Department and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office respond.

According to court records, 38-year-old April Z. Gates has been formally charged with Class 3 felonies for alleged aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm, and two counts contributing to the delinquency of a minor, for allegedly encouraging the juveniles’ participation in the brawl. She was also charged with Class 4 felony mob action.

Court records also show 19-year-old Ashley M. Swain is charged with Class 3 felony aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm and Class 4 mob action, and 19-year-old Brady W. Gates is charged with Class 3 felony aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm, Class 4 felony mob action and misdemeanor domestic battery, in connection with Friday’s incident.

Duke says mob action requires two or more people to be attacking the same individual. In this case, she says, three people were attacking the same individual, who reportedly was taken from the scene to the hospital with serious injuries.

All three individuals posted bond and were released. They’re due in Fayette County Court on Tuesday morning for first appearances on the charges.

According to Duke, the incident, which took place shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, took authorities approximately 48-hours to unravel before formal charges were filed Monday morning.