MATTOON -- Police officers recently arrested a 44-year-old Mattoon man for allegedly spitting in the face of a male juvenile.

A Mattoon Police Department press release reported that this man was taken into custody on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery at 11:19 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of South 12th Street.

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The 44-year-old man allegedly approached the juvenile while they were both walking on a sidewalk and spit in his face due to believing that this juvenile was being disrespectful for looking at him. The suspect was taken to the Coles County jail.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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