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Crime & Courts

Police: DeKalb men quickly caught after robbing neighbor with replica gun

SYCAMORE – A pair DeKalb men were charged with aggravated robbery over the weekend after police say they used a replica gun in the armed robbery of a neighbor.

Wayne Q. Slater, 27, of the 800 block of Ridge Drive and Kevin J. Smith, 21, of the 900 block of Ridge Drive were arrested Saturday after DeKalb police responded to a robbery call outside an apartment building at 919 Ridge Drive.

If convicted, both men could face up to 15 years in prison.

Police said in court records that the victim reported being robbed at gunpoint by two men just after 11 p.m. He said the men took cash, his cell phone and marijuana. Police identified the men as Slater and Smith and arrested them at Smith's apartment in the building at 919 Ridge, according to court documents.

During the interview, Slater told police he was present while Smith robbed the victim using a replica gun, according to court documents. Police later found the gun in Smith's backpack, according to documents.

The phone and marijuana were later found in Slater's possession, according to court records.

On Monday, Judge Phillip Montgomery appointed the public defender's office to represent Slater. Smith will be represented by conflict counsel, another attorney appointed when the public defender's office may have a conflict of interest.

Montgomery ordered Slater held on $80,000 bond, noting that he had previous failure-to-appear warrants out for past court dates he did not come to. If he comes up with the $8,000 cash for bail, he'll be placed electronic home monitoring. His next court date is 9 a.m. on Nov. 1. Slater remained in DeKalb County jail Monday evening.

Montgomery ordered Smith released on his signature, noting Smith does not have the criminal history Slater does. He also ordered Smith placed on pre-trial supervision. He is also next due in court at 9 a.m. Nov. 1.

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