Christmas Day battery in Columbia

A Belleville man was arrested in connection with a battery that occurred about 4 p.m. Christmas Day in the 200 block of Gardner Street in Columbia.

Police said a 19-year-old man who was visiting his mother at that location had boiling water from a pot thrown on him and was struck with the pot by the mother’s boyfriend.

The victim was transported to Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis County for treatment of burns in addition to stitches for his wounds.

An Illinois State Police Emergency Radio Network broadcast was issued to alert area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for an early 1970s white and blue Chevrolet truck with blue rims driven by a Belleville man.

The suspect, 43-year-old David Zerban, was eventually located in Belleville and charged with aggravated battery and domestic battery. He remains at the Monroe County Jail in Waterloo with bond set at $50,000.

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