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Crime & Courts

4th man charged in August attempted armed robbery

SYCAMORE – A fourth man has been charged in connection with an Aug. 4 attempted armed robbery in the 700 block of Regent Drive in DeKalb.

Wendell Eiland, 22, of Chicago, was arrested Thursday, about six weeks after a warrant with $75,000 bond was issued for his arrest Aug. 24. He’s been charged with attemped armed robbery and, if convicted, could face four to 15 years in prison.

Police said in court records that one of the men pointed a gun at the victim about 11 p.m. Aug. 4 and tried to steal his belt, money and marijuana.

Bond was set at $75,000 for Gregory J. Thorn, 23, of the 700 block Regent Drive, DeKalb, on Sept. 4, but a motion by his lawyer, Bob Nolan, was granted by Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert, and Thorn was released Oct. 10, court records show.

Emmanuel M. Thomas, 18, of the 400 block of Oak Street, DeKalb, was arrested Aug. 15, and pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted armed robbery with a firearm. He remains in the DeKalb County Jail on $250,000 bond and is due back in court Nov. 27.

Thorn has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and wasn’t present for his Nov. 8 court date; he is due back Nov. 29, the records show.

Police said Darien D. Ross, 19, of the 100 block of Augusta Avenue, set up the attempted robbery, and he’s in the DeKalb County Jail, as well. He, too, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted armed robbery. He’s due back in court Dec. 5.

Judge Philip Montgomery ruled Friday that Eiland be released on his signature, but that he be barred any contact with the victim.

“Your honor, I don’t even know who that is,” Eiland said.

“Then it shouldn’t be too difficult to not have any contact with him,” Montgomery said.

Eiland said he’s homeless, but that he’ll either live with his father in the 1600 block of North Mayfield Avenue or his brother, whose address he couldn’t recall.

He’s due back in court at 9 a.m. Jan. 11.

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