James Menzie 1967
East Alton, Alton Pair Are Victims of Mob's Violence By JOE MELOSI Telegraph Staff Writer Violent racial mobs attacked and terrorized two area married couples in their cars late Sunday during Black Power riots in East St. Louis. Rock throwers and club INSIDE Today . . . EDITORIAL A-4 Carpenters' local domestic problems need probing. ROWDY A-2 Alton school board takes steps to combat rowdyism at sports events. CHOUTEAU A3 Alton sets up $2,500 yearly budget to pay for Chouteau Island landfill use. HARRIS A-5 Romney now drawing mixed responses from public as presidential possibility. FAMILY A-6 Seamstress plans transitional outfit: Sewing Bea. BARRETT A-12 How's Cy's lighter side? Like a Bridesmaid? SPORTS B-8 Twins come from behind to keep lead. wielders battered the car, breaking all the windows, and pulled Robert Gayan, 20, of 444 George St., East Alton, from the driver's seat and onto the pavement to beat him. His wife, an 18-year old expectant mother, was punched several times in the stomach after she shouted "Oh my baby! Oh my baby! 1 ' Someone in the mob yelled "kill that white baby. Get it." Mrs. Gayan was seated in the car when attacked through the side window. No attempt Was made to pull her from t h e car. Clothes were ripped off a back seat passenger, Mrs. James Menzie, listed as living in the 300 block of Dry St. in Alton, while her husband fought off attackers on his side of the back seat. While Gayan scuffled on the street, a member of the Negro gang rushed to his aid, firing warning shots in the air to hold back an advancing crowd. The Negro, who had been standing near the car while Mrs. Gayan was being assaulted, yelled to Gayan to "run. go get help. Get an ambulance for your wife." Gayan managed to free himself and escape pursuers to make a phone call to the police station, which summoned an ambulance. Police dispersed the mob momentarily to allow the couples to enter the ambu- atace. All were taken to St. Mary's Hospital. The two men were treated for cuts from flying glass and bruises from attackers blows and were released. Mrs. Gayan was later transferred to Alton Memorial Hospital, where her condition was reported today as "good." Mrs. Gayan suffered superficial cuts to her legs from flying glass and bruises from the punches to her stomach, but the baby was reported unharmed. The couples had driven to East St. Louis to locate an auto mechanic school, where Gayan was to enroll Monday. On their way back they encountered the angry mob at llth Street and St. Louis Avenue. The riots erupted following an earlier appearance of Black Power Leader H. Rap Brown, who had stirred a crowd at Lincoln School. More than 100 city, St. Clair County and State Police routed a crowd of riotous youths about 9:20 a.m. Three hours later, one youth was fatally shot by police near National Stock Yards where the youth jumped from a wrecked stolen car.