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Crime & Courts

Former NIU student arrested at Huskie Stadium on battery, gun charges

SYCAMORE – A Northern Illinois University student faces gun and battery charges after police said he struck a police officer Sunday evening after he was arrested at Huskie Stadium.

Cinque C. Simmons, 19, of the 9200 block of South Pleasant Avenue, Chicago, was charged with aggravated battery, defacing the identification on a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a firearm without a FOID card after NIU police arrested him at 10:59 p.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of Stevenson Drive.

If convicted of the most serious charge of aggravated battery, he could face up to seven years in prison.

An NIU police officer heard over the radio that the DeKalb police tried to pull over a gray Jeep with Illinois plates, according to court documents.

When the Jeep did not stop, DeKalb police did not continue the pursuit, according to court documents.

NIU police saw the the Jeep was registered to an NIU student, Simmons. Two NIU police officers went to find Simmons at Stevenson North residence hall, according court documents. Simmons walked out of the residence hall.

NIU police again encountered Simmons at Huskie Stadium, where he was placed in handcuffs and searched, according to court documents. Police found a Glock 23 .40-caliber handgun in his waistband with seven rounds in the magazine and the serial number filed off, according to court documents.

After being taken to the NIU police station, police said Simmons threw a chair against the wall, causing about $500 in damage. Paramedics were called to evaluate Simmons and, while trying to transport him, police said Simmons punched an NIU police officer.

with a closed fist, causing a bloody nose, according to court documents.

NIU did not immediately return calls for comment.

Assistant State’s Attorney Suzanne Collins said in court Monday that more charges were expected from the DeKalb Police Department. Judge Phillip Montgomery ordered the case held over until Tuesday morning so all charges could be addressed at the same time. Simmons was to remain in the DeKalb County Jail. Simmons is due in court at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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