Ky. man arrested on charge of murder, accused of killing man after fight at Metropolis truck stop

Police identified the man who died after a fight at a Metropolis truck stop.
Published: May. 3, 2023 at 9:16 AM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2023 at 2:56 PM CDT
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METROPOLIS, Ill. (KFVS) - A Kentucky man was arrested on a charge of murder following a fight at a Metropolis truck stop that led to a man’s death.

Metropolis police identified the victim on Thursday, May 4 a 41-year-old Samuel S. Stalions, of Golconda, Ill.

According to the Metropolis Police Department, 36-year-old Jonathan Riley was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder.

The incident occurred at 10:40 p.m. at Acee’s Truck Stop, located at 105 East 5th Street.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found that the victim was lying on the floor of the gaming room.

Police said surveillance footage showed that the victim had been pepper-sprayed and knocked to the ground.

“We had witnesses that actually stuck around and told us what they say, plus it happened at the truck stop in the gaming room so it’s all under video surveillance, so we have video of the entire incident, so we have a pretty solid case,” said Metropolis Police Chief Harry Masse.

Riley is accused of choking and putting his knee and body weight on the victim’s neck.

Police performed first aid and the victim was taken to a Metropolis hospital, where he died at 11:30 p.m.

Riley was booked into the Massac County Detention Center and then released pending the investigation.

Chief Masse said this is the first murder investigation in Metropolis since he stepped into the role more than a decade ago.