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Crime & Courts

Police: Man beaten with tire iron by four 18-year-old DeKalb men

DeKALB – Four 18-year-old DeKalb men were being held Monday on multiple charges after punching and beating a fifth person with a tire iron in an early morning fight on DeKalb’s northeast side, authorities said.

The fight began after 3 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of North Tenth Street in DeKalb, court records show. One man at a party was giving a woman a hard time, so she called her friends and told them she felt disrespected, DeKalb Police Detective Lt. Bob Redel said.

Charged with aggravated battery, mob action and criminal damage to property were: Jermaine R. Malloy, of the 100 block of East Taylor Street; Christian Contreras, of the 200 block of Maplewood Avenue; Darnell Daniels, of the 700 block of East Lincoln Highway; and Blake Fisher, of the 900 block of Seaman Avenue.

Malloy is accused of breaking the window of the victim’s Dodge van with a tire iron, then using it to beat the victim while others threw punches, according to court records. The victim, who has no known gang affiliations, is in good condition but suffered a swollen and cut arm, Redel said.

If convicted of the most serious charge, aggravated battery, each man could face probation or up to five years in prison.

All four men remained in jail Monday unable to post 10 percent of their $50,000 bond. They are due in court Wednesday.

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