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Crime & Courts

Early morning dispute leads to domestic battery charges against DeKalb man

Michael Frank
Michael Frank

SYCAMORE – A judge set bond at $10,000 Monday for a DeKalb man accused of punching, choking and head-butting a woman during a domestic dispute early Sunday.

Michael A. Frank, 34, of the 800 block of Ridge Drive, was charged with felony domestic battery after police were called to his home for a domestic disturbance at 5:40 a.m. Sunday, according to court records.

If convicted, Frank could face up to three years in prison.

The victim met police in the parking lot of the apartment building and said that Frank had been punching, choking and headbutting her since 4 a.m., according to court records. Crying, she said that she had put her hands on his throat to get him to stop, police reported.

Frank told police the woman made the story up and that she had pulled a knife on him, according to court records. Police reported the victim admitted she did pull out a knife to protect herself, but put it down when Frank pulled one too.

The victim had a knot on her forehead and bruises on her face and arms, police said in court documents. Frank was taken to DeKalb County jail and the victim was taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, according to court records.

Judge Robbin Stuckert noted that Frank had prior convictions for violation of order of protection and has a pending court date in Pennsylvania.

Frank must post $1,000 cash to get out of jail, and Stuckert ordered that if he does, he will be placed on pre-trial supervision and electronic home monitoring. Frank said in court he had a dog at home that needed care, along with upcoming probation and court dates he needed to make. He is next due in court at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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