ST. CHARLES – A verbal altercation at a St. Charles pool last week turned physical, resulting in battery charges for a St. Charles man who, police say, pushed a woman to the ground twice and was later seen wielding a knife.
St. Charles police were dispatched to the pool area of the St. Charles Place Apartments in the 100 block of North 15th Street for a fight June 27. Police later charged David John Teafoe, 20, of the 100 block of North 15th Street, St. Charles, with battery.
According to police reports, the female victim was at the pool with her children when Teafoe became belligerent, yelling foul language at the pool attendant and other bystanders. When the woman asked Teafoe not to use that kind of language in front of her children, an argument ensued in the parking lot outside the pool area.
Police reported that Teafoe put his hands on the victim’s shoulders and pushed her with enough force to knock her to the ground. When the woman got up, Teafoe reportedly knocked her to the ground again.
After the fight, Teafoe went into an apartment and came out holding “a large shiny knife,” according to reports. The victim said she did not see Teafoe holding a knife during the altercation. She told police that he did not come toward her with the knife and she did not feel threatened.
Teafoe told police that he was carrying the knife for protection from other people at the pool, police reported.