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Crime & Courts

DeKalb police make arrests in connection with shots-fired incidents

Men are charged in connection with recent shots-fired incidents

SYCAMORE – DeKalb police announced Friday that 11 men have been arrested and three others are wanted in connection with the seven recent shots-fired incidents that have shaken the Annie Glidden North neighborhood.

"I'm very proud of the men and woman of the police department, but I'm very grateful for all the community support we've gotten since day one," DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery said.

Two Aurora men arrested Thursday in connection with an incident Oct. 20, in which police say both of them fired at the same man in the 900 block of Greenbrier Road about 10 p.m., are unlikely to get out of DeKalb County jail any time soon.

Anthony C. Rogers, 19, of the 1100 block of Plum Street, and Francisco L. Tejeda, 18, of the 500 block of Howard Avenue, will be held on $250,000 bond, Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert ruled Friday. They would have to post $25,000 bail apiece to be released.

The release from the police department said nine other arrests have been made in connection with the incidents:

Tyrese Bomar, 18, of DeKalb (aggravated unlawful use of a weapon), charged in connection with a reports of shots fired Sept. 28 in the 1000 block of West Hillcrest Drive

• Michael Distasio, 19, North Aurora (aggravated discharge of a firearm)

• Equan Lenoir, 22, of DeKalb (failure to appear warrant)

• Romere McCriston, 29, of Chicago (unlawful use of weapon, unlawful possession a firearm, unlawful possession of marijuana)

• Emanuel Thomas, 18, of DeKalb, (false police report)

• Jackie Walker, 25, of DeKalb (aggravated battery, mob action)

• Thomas White, 18, of DeKalb (unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition)

• A 16-year old boy from DeKalb (reckless discharge of a firearm).

The release also says warrants are out for two more men: Sean Hayden, 22, of Aurora and Darius Walker, 24, of Chicago.

Bond set at $250,000 for Greenbrier shooters

Both Rogers and Tejeda are charged with aggravated unlawful discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Rogers also is charged with mob action, according to court records.

If convicted of aggravated unlawful discharge of a firearm, they could face probation, or four to 15 years in prison.

If convicted of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, they would not be eligible for probation and could face one to three years of parole. Prison time on that charge carries an additional year of parole.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein said during the bond hearing that both men are known members of a street gang. She said police reported that about 22 shots were reported to be fired that night, and that 16 shell casings were recovered.

Lowery said in almost all the incidents, known gang members were involved.

According to a news release sent Friday by the DeKalb Police Department, a handgun also was recovered when the two men were arrested, running the total of recovered handguns in connection with the incidents to eight. Lowery said the state crime lab will analyze the guns to see whether they can tie any of the incidents together.

Investigations to 'intensify'

DeKalb police announced Wednesday that it will seek outside help, including from the DeKalb County Major Case Unit, to further investigate the violent acts. Lowery said what's already been an active investigation is about to intensify.

"These cases are going to get more intense in the activation of the major case squad," he said. "We're getting more experienced investigators to assist our officers.

"What the community will begin to see, and in some areas, they've already seen, is the execution of arrest warrants and search warrants."

Tejeda said Friday afternoon that he could come up with $5,000 bail to be released, but not $25,000 as the ruling requires. If either man posts bail, they’re ordered to be placed on electronic home monitoring and not have contact with any gang members, any of the other men involved in the incident, or any of the victims.

Another out-of-towner connected to the man Rogers and Tejeda are accused of shooting at, Isaiah R. Rucker, 20, of the 200 block of East Pleasant Street, was ordered to be released on his signature Friday. He’s charged with mob action, punishable by one to three years in prison. Court records show he and two other men were walking through the south Stevenson Hall tower’s lobby Oct. 27 when Rucker punched another man in the face without provocation.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Khalief D. Mcallister, 20, of DeKalb, who’s been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action in connection with the incident.

Lowery promised the recent arrests would not be the end of matters.

"We're only going to continue to investigate, and it will intensify," Lowery said.

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