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Crime & Courts

Police: Woman attacks man for propane tank

SYCAMORE – A Genoa woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year to huffing propane has been charged with attacking a man who wouldn’t give her a propane tank.

Carrie A. Jones, 31, of the 500 block of West First Street in Genoa, was charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm, a Class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

She appeared in court Monday via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail.

A victim told police Jones approached him Sunday as he took a propane tank from his car and asked if she could have the tank. When he said no, Jones attacked him, according to court documents.

Jones punched and kicked the man in the face and pulled his hair, causing him to fall down concrete steps and receive a cut under his nose, according to court documents. He received stitches for the cut at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

An officer noticed the smell of propane coming from Jones’ mouth. She said she defended herself during the incident, according to court documents.

Jones was sentenced to two years of probation in March after pleading guilty to unlawful use of intoxicating compounds, obstructing a peace officer and possession of marijuana.

At that time, Jones also admitted to violating the probation she was sentenced to in November when she pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property.

According to Genoa police, Jones’ behavior in August 2011 caused a fire that damaged two homes and a garage.

Prosecutor Victor Escarcida asked that bond be set at $75,000 because Jones posed a threat to public safety. Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert set bond at that amount.

The public defender was appointed to represent her, and she will next appear in court June 25.

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