A 30-year-old rural Shobonier man was formally charged in Marion County Court Thursday with aggravated assault following a Wednesday incident at the State Public Aide Office on South Locust in Centralia.
The charge claims Carl Sprague threatened physical harm to one of the Public Aide employees when he ran towards her with a fire extinguisher raised like a bludgeon.
Centralia Police reports indicate the employee had told the man to ‘stop’ after seeing him leave the office and placing the fire extinguisher and a cup in a car. As Sprague was running towards her, she was able to lock herself in her car. When Sprague began walking toward the front door of the office, she ran back in the employee entrance.
Sprague was outside when police arrived. He was reportedly playing an harmonica. Sprague told police the items he took ‘were for the government’.
Bond for Sprague was set at $5,000 and the Public Defender appointed to represent him. After the court found a Bona Fide doubt about Sprague’s fitness, a fitness examination was ordered unless one conducted in an earlier Fayette County case was still valid.
Sprague is due back in court for arraignment for October 25th.