Court records: Marijuana worth $800 at center of Crystal Lake …

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Top Row from left: Dylan Macari, Thomas Madura, Davon Manning
Bottom Row from left: Geoffrey Miller, Tyler Novak, Brandon Rosas

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Top Row from left: Dylan Macari, Thomas Madura, Davon Manning
Bottom Row from left: Geoffrey Miller, Tyler Novak, Brandon Rosas

WOODSTOCK – Nine teenagers arrested last week in connection with a Crystal Lake stabbing earlier this month were trying to steal 4 ounces of marijuana worth $800 from two people in an apartment complex parking lot, court records show.

On April 3, police were called to the 400 block of West Virginia Street in Crystal Lake, where they found two people who had serious stab wounds.

A preliminary investigation found a fight had broken out in a Crystal Chateau Apartment parking lot, located in the 400 block of Berkshire Drive, after the attempted robbery. Court records show the dispute was over the drugs.

The suspects punched the two victims and struck them with baseball bats. One of the robbery victims stabbed two of the suspects, Tyler A. Novak and Thomas S. Madura, with a knife during the attack, police have said.

The victims weren’t charged because they were acting in self-defense, Crystal Lake Deputy Police Chief Derek Hyrkas has said.

The suspects also took the keys to a 2010 Mercury Milan, which belonged to one of the victims, according to court documents.

Novak, who appeared in court this week with his defense attorney, Matt Haiduk, was given permission by a judge to travel to and from Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday for medical treatment. He is out on bond and will next appear in court May 24.

Six men and three boys face charges of vehicular invasion, aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, mob action, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated battery in a public place. If convicted of the most serious offense, a Class 1 felony, the men could face four to 15 years in prison.

The men are Davon E. Manning, 18, of Crystal Lake; Brandon D. Rosas, 18, of Crystal Lake; Dylan P. Macari, 18, of Huntley; Geoffrey M. Miller, 18, of Lake in the Hills; Madura, 18, of Crystal Lake; and Novak, 18, of Lake in the Hills.

The boys were not named because of their age, police said. They were taken to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center in St. Charles. They will remain there pending a hearing in juvenile court, police have said.

Rosas was the only one still in McHenry County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon. His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, scheduled a bond hearing for Friday. His bond stands at $80,000.

Madura, wearing a dress shirt and slacks, appeared in court Tuesday with his attorney, Caryn Barone. His case was set for a status hearing May 22.

Macari and Miller will be in court Wednesday, and Manning will appear in court Thursday.

Mourelatos declined to comment on his client’s case. Barone and Haiduk could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Assistant State’s Attorney John Gibbons, who also is the chief of the criminal division, declined to comment on the case but praised the Crystal Lake Police Department for its investigation of the crimes with little information to begin with.

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