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Crime & Courts

Details emerge in Travel Inn brawl

DeKALB – The alleged gunman in Friday’s brawl over stolen marijuana remained in DeKalb County Jail on Tuesday unable to post $10,000 bail.

Aaron J. Harris, 19, of the 800 block of West Taylor Street in DeKalb, and about nine other men went to Travel Inn, 116 W. Lincoln Highway, about 12:35 p.m. Friday, after Bryce A. Meinert, 20, of Zion, allegedly stole marijuana from Julio A. Martinez, 20, of Zion, court records show.

After the two groups exchanged words, Harris showed a handgun in his waistband and men supporting Meinert produced several dogs, letting one loose, court records show. The dog chased Tyrone Sally, 19, of the 800 block of Lucinda Avenue, who heard a gunshot about two seconds after he started running, court records show.

Harris told police he fired his gun toward the dog and several people standing nearby, court records show. Ultimately, 12 people, including Martinez, Meinert, Harris and Sally, were arrested after police investigated the incident.

No one was shot, but one person was hit over the head with the handgun and another person suffered a hand injury. The dog’s owners, who were staying at the Travel Inn, retained custody of the dog after police checked it for injuries and evidence, DeKalb police Cmdr. John Petragallo said.

Harris is next due in court Nov. 14, while Sally and Martinez are next due in court Dec. 5.

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