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Crime & Courts

2 DeKalb men arrested in connection with robbery of pot dealer

Warrant issued for 3rd suspect’s arrest

SYCAMORE – Two of three DeKalb men have been arrested on charges of robbing a marijuana dealer, and one of them seemingly will remain behind bars in the DeKalb County Jail for the near future.

Xavier L. Nicholson, 19, of the 700 block of North Annie Glidden Road, and Demetrius D. Ewing, 21, of the 700 block of Regent Drive, have both been charged with robbery, punishable by two to five years in prison if they are convicted. The prison sentences would be followed by two years of parole.

Judge Philip Montgomery ordered that Ewing, who has no criminal history, be released on his signature, but because Nicholson had pleaded guilty to a March burglary on July 17, Montgomery set his bond at $25,000.

Police said in court records that about midnight Friday, Nicholson, Ewing, and Zachary Henderson, for whom a warrant was being obtained Monday, DeKalb police Cmdr. Bob Redel said, met with the victim at Ewing’s apartment. The records show that after Ewing paid the dealer for marijuana, Ewing took the money back and punched the dealer in the face, causing him to drop his phone, which Ewing grabbed.

Both Ewing and Nicholson were arrested Saturday.

Nicholson got four years of conditional discharge in July and was banned from University Village. Assistant State’s Attorney Suzanne Collins asked that his bond in the new case be set at $125,000.

“However, I’m trying to balance that against his economic condition,” Montgomery said.

He ordered that if Nicholson posts $2,500 to be released – which Nicholson said he won’t be able to do – he’ll be placed on electronic home monitoring.

Nicholson is due back in court at 9 a.m. Sept. 7, and Ewing is due back at 9 a.m. Sept. 28.

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