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Genoa boy, 16, charged with attempted murder

GENOA -- Prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old Genoa boy with attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery following a stabbing late Saturday night. A DeKalb County judge issued a warrant for the boy Monday afternoon. Genoa Police Chief Pat Solar had expected the boy would be in custody sometime Monday and a detention hearing could be held as early as this afternoon, Assistant State's Attorney Ellen Pauling said. Police allege the unidentified boy stabbed 21-year-old Ryan Moore in the stomach after a dispute on Stott Street around 11:30 p.m. Moore was listed in good condition at Kishwaukee Community Hospital Monday afternoon. Moore apparently confronted the boy and several other juveniles on two occasions after they reportedly had been acting suspicious around his van, which was parked on the street. "He didn't know if they were messing around with a sign or his van," Solar said of Moore. "Basically, we've got a carload of kids drinking beer." According to the report released by Genoa police, "They initially drove off, but returned shortly looking for a fight." The second time the car arrived on Stott, the suspect "called out" Moore, pulled out a knife and then stabbed Moore once. "The guy (Moore) was already on the way to the hospital when we got the call," Solar commented. Solar indicated police have had prior contact with the suspect. Saturday's incident marks the third time in less than a year that a local juvenile has been charged with a violent offense. In May 2002, then-16-year-old Steven Rosenberg, the son of Sycamore police officer Robert Rosenberg, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his friend, Thomas Kosta. Rosenberg later pleaded guilty to the charge and remains in custody at an unspecified Illinois juvenile facility. Later that same month, prosecutors charged Davin McDowell, 16, with attempted murder for stabbing a 21-year-old man in Kirkland following a reported drug dispute. McDowell, who is being tried as an adult, is free on $100,000 bond. Dan Campana can be reached at

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