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Police: DeKalb man threatened stabbing witness

Published: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 12:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 8:39 p.m. CDT
Ryan M. Pre

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SYCAMORE – A 21-year-old DeKalb man accused of stabbing a 17-year-old boy on the Fourth of July is asking a judge to reduce his bond on new charges alleging he harassed a witness.

Ryan M. Pre, of the 1400 block of Cambria Drive, and two other men fought with the 17-year-old and two others on the Fourth of July and saw the trio again later in the evening.

About 10:50 p.m., Pre and his friends chased the 17-year-old and his friends, and the 17-year-old fell in the 1400 block of Sycamore Road, police said. Pre and his friends attacked the boy, who realized after onlookers broke up the fight that he had been stabbed in the back. The wound punctured his lung, and Pre later admitted stabbing him, police said.

Pre was charged with aggravated battery and mob action, a felony typically punishable by up to five years in prison, and posted bail July 13.

Ten days later, Pre called a 23-year-old DeKalb man who supported him during the fight eight times between 4 and 4:30 p.m., police said. Pre’s statements included: “You did this,” “Take it like a man; meet me somewhere” and “It’s happening today; we’re settling this today,” court records show.

Pre was charged with harassing a witness, a felony typically punishable with up to seven years in prison.

Pre asked DeKalb County Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert to reduce his $50,000 bond Monday, but Stuckert continued the case so his parents could be in court to discuss the rules for electronic home monitoring.

Pre is expected to appear in court Wednesday.

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