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Crime & Courts

Man accused of repeatedly beating girlfriend held without bond

Emmanuel L. Keyes, 37, of Sycamore
Emmanuel L. Keyes, 37, of Sycamore

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore man accused of repeatedly beating his girlfriend is being held without bond until prosecutors’ motion to increase his bond is heard.

Emmanuel L. Keyes, 37, of the 2100 block of Highland Drive, was most recently charged with domestic battery. Having been convicted three times on prior domestic battery charges, and that he faces a domestic battery charge in DeKalb County court involving the same woman in an earlier incident, he could face three to seven years with a conviction. If he does prison time, he also will have to serve four years of parole.

Police said in court records that about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 27, they responded to a report of a battery at Keyes’ apartment that he shares with two people – one of them his girlfriend. He pushed her through a doorway before throwing her to the floor and then punching the roommate who came to her defense in the face several times, records show.

After Keyes and that roommate fought, Keyes called 911 and reported he’d been attacked by an unknown person, the records show. Both were taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, the records show; they added that Keyes is a documented member of the Black Disciples gang.

On Thursday, DeKalb County Judge William Brady ordered that Keyes be held on $10,000 bond in the newest charge, but that he be held without bond regarding another domestic battery charge he picked up in June. Police said in that incident, he pushed the same girlfriend, fought the same roommate and, after being kicked out of the apartment, resorted to punching the woman’s car.

Police said in that report that Keyes was convicted in 2010, 2015 and 2016 of domestic battery.

The motion to increase bond will be heard Oct. 11.

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