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Crime & Courts

Fight outside DeKalb party leads to stabbing

Juan D. Rodriguez, 22, of Sterling, is charged with aggravated battery.
Juan D. Rodriguez, 22, of Sterling, is charged with aggravated battery.

DeKALB – A Northern Illinois University fraternity member is accused of stabbing a man during a fight that started when a group of people were trying to enter a party, authorities said.

Juan D. Rodriguez, 22, of the 1000 block of East 13th Street, Sterling, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery. DeKalb police said Rodriguez, a member of the Alpha Psi Lambda fraternity, admitted to stabbing the man once because the man had punched him, his brother and fellow fraternity members, court records show.

DeKalb police responded to the fight about 3:51 a.m. Sunday at a house on the 300 block of College Avenue in DeKalb. Residents of the house told police that during a gathering with friends, several people were not allowed in to join the party, according to a DeKalb Police Department news release.

A couple of members of the Alpha Psi Lambda fraternity live at the house, which is not affiliated with NIU, said DeKalb police Cmdr. John Petragallo. Rodriguez currently lives on the 1100 block of Varsity Boulevard in DeKalb, Petragallo said.

The people who were turned away then started throwing things at the house and banging on it. The group left, then came back with more people and a fight ensued, the release states. By the time police arrived, the group had already left and were not found, according to the release.

About 10 minutes later, a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a car in the 1400 block of West Lincoln Highway for a traffic violation and found the stabbing victim inside, according to the news release.

"It was probably very fortunate they were stopped by a police officer who immediately called for an ambulance once he found [the victim]," Petragallo said.

The man was transported to Kishwaukee Hospital and then transferred to a Rockford hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Petragallo said. He was stabbed in the abdomen and groin, court records show.

Additional charges could be filed against more people as the investigation continues, Petragallo said.

If convicted of aggravated battery, Rodriguez could face probation or up to five years in prison. He remained in jail Tuesday morning unable to post 10 percent of his $75,000 bond and is next due in court Oct. 16.

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