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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man arrested in gas station attack

DeKALB – A 21-year-old DeKalb who police say attacked a woman April 7 in the parking lot at the Road Ranger gas station in DeKalb has turned himself in, police said Thursday.

Javon B. Shelton, of the 800 block of Ridge Drive, surrendered at the DeKalb Police Department. He was wanted on an aggravated battery charge, police said.

Shelton was booked and released on $500 bail while charges are pending, according to a news release from DeKalb Police.

Police said Shelton quickly pulled into the parking stall of Road Ranger, 1734 Sycamore Road in DeKalb, about 12:40 a.m. April 7 when he almost hit a woman and her car. After the woman questioned Shelton on his actions, he punched her several times, authorities said.

Police were able to identify Shelton using surveillance video and witness statements.

The victim, Angela Valianos, told the Daily Chronicle she was shaken after being attacked outside a gas station she's visited regularly for years.

"We can't be too comfortable," Valianos said. "The moment that we are comfortable, that's when we open ourselves up to be included in someone else's attack. ... You always have to be aware."

Aggravated battery is typically punishable by probation or between two and five years in prison.

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