Mt. Vernon Man Arrested For Battery

(MT. VERNON, IL) – A Mt. Vernon man was arrested over the weekend for charges of aggravated domestic battery/strangulation and domestic battery causing bodily harm.  Mt. Vernon Police received a report just after 11 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Jones Street of a man and his girlfriend allegedly being battered by 37 year old John Hurt.  The reporting person indicated in the initial call that Hurt was intoxicated and a physical altercation ensued in which the victim was choked by the accused.  When authorities arrived, the reporting person and his girlfriend were external to the residence and there was no contact by authorities with Hurt.  Hurt was taken into custody on Sunday when officers were called to a report of a separate dispute involving other people.  Hunt was present during this dispute, was taken into custody, and transported to the Jefferson County Justice Center for the formal filing of charges and the setting of bond.