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Crime & Courts

DeKalb police: Quest for revenge leads to brawl

DeKALB – Four people have been charged in a weekend home invasion that ended in a brawl outside a DeKalb apartment complex.

DeKalb Police Cmdr. John Petragallo said a fight broke out on the 800 block of Greenbrier Road just after 5 p.m. Saturday when a group of four people armed with a baseball bat went searching for two people who they believed had robbed one of their friends earlier in the day.

Charged in the incident are: Mitchell R. Jenkins, 22, of the 900 block of Spiros Court in DeKalb; Jemario Corneilius, 26, of the 1000 block of State Street in DeKalb; Alicia M. Crider, 22, of the 900 block of Spiros Court in DeKalb; and Elise E. Lewis, 19, of the 1000 block of State Street in DeKalb.

All four were charged with home invasion, mob action and criminal trespass to residence.

Petragallo said the victims of the home invasion are believed to have visited an acquaintance early Saturday at an apartment in the 900 block of Regent Drive. During their visit, one of the two men pulled a handgun before they stole a laptop and fled.

Instead of reporting the armed robbery, Petragallo said the resident of the apartment made calls to friends, which led to Jenkins, Corneilius, Crider and Lewis coming together to search for the people who took the laptop.

When the group arrived at the apartment on Greenbrier Road, they found a woman alone in the residence. Petragallo said the group then intimidated her into calling one of the people believed to have stolen the laptop. That person then came to the Greenbrier location with a group of people and a fight broke out.

Petragallo said only two people suffered minor injuries and an investigation into the earlier armed robbery is ongoing.

Bond has been set at $500,000 for all four. Corneilius is scheduled to be in court today and the other three will be in court Thursday.

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