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Crime & Courts

Maywood sisters charged after fight at NIU dorm

Anali Hernandez (left) and Alize Hernandez (right)
Anali Hernandez (left) and Alize Hernandez (right)

SYCAMORE – Two sisters who police said went into Stevenson Hall early Thursday looking to fight two students have been charged with mob action.

According to court records, Northern Illinois police said Anali Hernandez and Alize Hernandez, both 19, of the 2100 block of South Third Avenue, Maywood, went into the residence hall at 1350 Stevenson Drive on the NIU campus in DeKalb, spoiling for a fight with two other women who lived there.

In court Friday it was learned that neither of the sisters were residents at Stevenson, and Alize is not a student at NIU.

Both sisters punched the girls in the body with fists, according to court documents.

They each face charges of mob action, battery and trespassing. If convicted of the most serious charge of mob action, each woman could face up to three years in prison.

Anali Hernandez also was charged with resisting a police officer after she tried to twist and pull away from an officer who was trying to handcuff her, according to court records.

In court Friday, Judge Phillip Montgomery appointed a public defender to represent Alize Hernandez. Anali Hernandez, as an NIU student, could be entitled to representation through the university, but because the victims also were students there, attorney Bob Nolan was appointed to represent her.

Both sisters were released on their signatures, and Montgomery ordered that they have no contact with the
victims until further order from the court.

They are next due in court at 9 a.m. Jan. 10 for a preliminary hearing.

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