A St. Peters man slammed his father-in-law’s head against a door frame, then broke furniture, dishes, a chandelier and other items with a bat because the man smoked in the house.
Floyd Grobb, 52, of the first block of Crescent Hills in St. Peters, was charged Dec. 31 with third-degree domestic assault and second-degree property damage.
St. Peters Police said Grobb, his wife and children moved in with her parents three years ago. One stipulation was that the father-in-law would not smoke in the house.
Grobb overheard his wife ask her father if he smoked in the bathroom, and he said he did, but had the exhaust fan on. Grobb asked his wife about it later, and when she said her father had smoked inside, Grobb became enraged, St. Peters Police said.
He kicked the shower doors off the track and tipped a bedroom armoire over on the bed. When the father-in-law came and asked what was going on, Grobb grabbed him by the throat and hit his head on a doorframe. The man received a two-inch bump and a cut on his head.
Grobb then got an aluminum baseball bat and began swinging it, breaking glass in a curio cabinet, dishes, a crystal chandelier, two lamps, three coffee makers, a statue and other items. Damages totaled an estimated $6,840.
Grobb was being held Friday at St. Charles County jail. Bond was set at $25,000.
Police said Grob had two other convictions for domestic assault in 2004 and 2006, and pleaded guilty to endangering a child’s welfare.
If you have experienced or know someone who has experienced domestic or sexual violence, find resources through the St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network (SLEVAWN) or call the Safe Connections 24-hour crisis hotline at 314-531-2003.
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