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Knife-wielding man charged with battery in St. Charles

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 3:32 p.m. CDT
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Darell M. Hayes
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Audrinana Clemons
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Crystal S. Clemons

ST. CHARLES – A weekend altercation between two St. Charles sisters escalated to a struggle involving a knife-welding man, according to a St. Charles Police Department report.

Police responded to the 200 block of Walnut Drive in St. Charles at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday for a disturbance involving someone armed with a knife, police reported.

Upon arrival, the officer reportedly saw Darell M. Hayes and Audrinana Clemons struggling with each other in a stairway. Hayes had a knife in hand and appeared to be trying to get away from Clemons to the second floor, police reported.

Hayes disobeyed the officer's order to drop the knives, pulled away from Clemons and got up the stairs, where he tripped and fell on his stomach but remained in control of the weapons, police reported. Clemons, meanwhile, reportedly jumped over Hayes and ran into a back bedroom.

In an effort to detain Hayes, the officer tried to grab the back of his pants but lost his footing because of broken glass and debris on the stairs, police reported. Hayes reportedly went toward the bedroom, but another person barricaded the doorway with a bookcase, which did not have a back.

Reaching between the shelves, Hayes tried to stab the others with the knives and did not acknowledge police orders to drop the weapons, police said. Hayes reportedly stabbed Clemons' right hand and forearm.

Taking his or her service weapon from its holster, the officer aimed at Hayes and ordered him to drop the knives, police said. Hayes threw one of the knives at the other person behind the bookcase, police reported. Although that person was injured, police said, he was able to maintain pressure on the bookcase to block Hayes from entering the room.

Hayes reportedly dropped the other knife when ordered.

Hayes, 26, of the 200 block of Eshcol Avenue, Zion, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of obstructing identification for reportedly providing police with a false name and birthdate.

According to online Kane County Sheriff's reports, he is being held in jail on $40,000 bond. He is expected in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 26 for a status hearing.

Police learned the altercation stemmed from a conflict between Clemons, 22, and her sister Crystal S. Clemons, 28, who was in an ambulance to Delnor Hospital by the time police knew she was involved, police reported.

The sisters, both of the 200 block of Walnut Drive, were each charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery, according to police.

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