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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man charged with aggravated battery

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man who police say beat and choked a woman is being held in the DeKalb County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Daniel Morales, 47, of the 1100 block of Pleasant Street, was charged with aggravated battery, domestic battery, aggravated resisting, unlawful restraint and interfering with reporting a domestic battery after police responded to a domestic battery call at 3:14 a.m. Sunday at his residence.

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

According to court document, the victim told police that Morales had been punching and choking her all day. Police said they saw marks and bruises on the woman’s face and arms.

The woman also told police that she had tried to leave, but Morales pulled her back into the apartment, according to court documents.

After he was placed in handcuffs, Morales tried to pull away from police and had to be carried down a flight of stairs. One officer tripped while carrying Morales, according to court documents. Charges also allege that Morales tried to bite police officers.

Judge Phillip Montgomery gave Morales a $50,000 bond Monday during his bond hearing.

Present via closed circuit television, Morales said he could come up with $300. He would need $5,000 to get out of jail. Should be he able to post bail, Morales would be subject to pretrial supervision and electronic home monitoring.

He is next due in court Aug. 2.

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