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Crime & Courts

Man accused of cutting window screens, person's hands posts bail, gets released

Joseph R. Kremsreiter, 48, of DeKalb has been charged with aggravated battery, criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property.
Joseph R. Kremsreiter, 48, of DeKalb has been charged with aggravated battery, criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property.

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man accused of slashing the window screens of his Suburban Apartments neighbor with a sword and cutting a person’s hands in the process posted $5,000 bail and was released Monday morning.

Joseph R. Kremsreiter, 48, of the 1400 block of Twombly Road in DeKalb, is charged with aggravated battery/use of a deadly weapon, criminal trespass to property and criminal damage to property. If convicted of the most serious charge, aggravated battery/use of a deadly weapon, he could face two to five years in prison.

Police said in court records that about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, four adults and an infant were in Kremsreiter’s next-door neighbor’s apartment when he walked in, was pushed out the front door and then banged on the door until a man opened it and he pushed past him and was again removed. The records show he went back to his apartment, fetched a sword and used it to cut two window screens leading into a bedroom, and that when a man tried to close the glass window, he was cut on both of his hands, requiring medical attention at a hospital.

On Saturday morning, Judge Philip Montgomery ordered bond be set at $50,000, and that if Kremsreiter posted $5,000 bail to be released, he may not have any contact with the neighbor, court records show.

Kremsreiter is due back in court at 9 a.m. Dec. 15.

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