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Peru man charged with battery to senior

Video of incident shared on social media

A Peru man was arrested Wednesday after police said he pushed a senior citizen to the ground in an argument.

Michael E. Stuart, 43, Peru, was arrested by Peru police at 2 p.m. Wednesday on a La Salle County warrant for two counts of aggravated battery to a senior citizen and one count of aggravated battery on a public way. Stuart was taken to the county jail. Bond was set at $30,000.

He also has issued a citation for failure to secure a permit for earth change alleging he was dumping fill in his ravine without first securing a permit from the city of Peru building and zoning department.

Those with more information on the incident are advised to call the Peru Police Department at 815-223-2151.

Peru police originally responded to the incident on Sunday but no charges were filed as both parties gave conflicting testimony and more investigation was required.

A video of the incident was discovered as being shared on social media and after further evidence gathering charges were filed on Wednesday.

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