DeKALB – Sal Scardina was afraid he was going to be killed about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
DeKalb police found the 19-year-old DeKalb man sitting in his car near Pronto's Pizza, where worked as a delivery driver, court records show. Two men were seen standing outside Scardina's car arguing with him just moments after police had received a report indicating a pizza delivery driver told someone at a nearby gas station he was going to get shot.
Ultimately there was no shooting, but three men were arrested on felony drug charges after police found almost half a pound of marijuana worth with a street value of about $2,000 in Scardina's trunk.
Scardina, of the 1200 block of Grant Drive in DeKalb; Eric M. Hess, 23, of the 200 block of South Randall Road in Aurora, and Tyler Degaetano, 25, of the 100 block of North Buckingham Drive in Sugar Grove were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver it, court records show. The more serious charge typically is punishable with as many as five years in prison.
Hess repeatedly denied having more than 5 grams of marijuana and claimed Scardina was the dealer, court records show. But Degaetano told police he and Hess sold marijuana to their friends from their apartment in the 800 block of Pappas Drive in DeKalb, court records show.
Scardina initially told police he bought the 7 ounces, or 197 grams, of marijuana they found in his trunk from Degaetano and Hess, court records show.
But when pressed, Scardina told police the pair owed him money, so he bought $100 worth of marijuana from them and then stole the rest of the pot and a cellphone with a fourth man.
Later, Degaetano sent Scardina a text message threatening to kill him, court records show.
Police also seized $526 in cash from Scardina's car.
Scardina posted $140 bail and is next due in court Dec. 5.
Degaetano and Hess remained in DeKalb County Jail on Monday; Degaetano's bond was set at $10,000, while Hess' is $5,000. They are next due in court Nov. 13.