BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - A couple is in jail after refusing to open their front door for police during a dispute over a can of soup and lying to a 911 dispatcher, police say.
The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department was called to the 2700 block of West Boulevard in reference to a domestic battery in progress on Sunday. A woman, later identified as Shellice Connors, 47, had told a 911 dispatcher that her fiancé, 47-year-old Carlos Anthony, had beaten her and was entering the home through the front door.
The dispatcher told police that it sounded like a man yelling in the background. When deputies arrived on the scene, they heard some type of banging from inside the house, noises they thought indicated a struggle.
Connors told a 911 dispatcher that she had gotten out of the residence and was staying with relatives. She told the dispatcher that Anthony was still inside the house. Because of the developing situation and exigent circumstances, deputies went inside the residence, where they found Connors and Anthony.
Neither of them showed any sign that a physical altercation had occurred. According to a news release, deputies had determined that Connors and Anthony were arguing over a can of soup, knew that deputies were on the scene and refused to open the door.
After an investigation, Anthony was charged with attempted obstruction of justice and Connors was charged with disorderly conduct. A St. Clair County Judge set Connors' bond at $15,000.
Both Carlos and Connors are in custody at the St. Clair County Jail.