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By BETH ZUMWALT
The Pike County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a residence located in the 100 block of East Pittsfield Street, Milton, Sept. 9, at 1:39 p.m. in reference to a home invasion and stabbing incident.
After the investigation, the PCSD arrested Bryar A. DeJaynes, 19, Milton. He was arrested Sept. 18, without incident, on a warrant for aggravated battery.
Since that date, he has been charged with home invasion/cause injury, a Class X felony, aggravated battery/strangle, a Class 3 felony and aggravated battery, wear a hood, robe or mask, a class 3 felony.
Law enforcement officials conducted several interviews where conflicting versions of events were provided.
The reporting party and victim indicated he was at his residence when he opened his door to let his dog out and a masked individual punched him in the face.The physical altercation continued inside of the residence.
The victim disclosed he was being choked by the masked individual. The victim said he grabbed a knife and stabbed the masked intruder who eventually left the residence. The intruder was identified to be DeJaynes.
During the altercation, DeJaynes suffered stab wounds that were initially thought to be serious.
“Actions were taken by medical professionals and treated as such. It turned out his injures were not life-threatening,” Greenwood said. “The victim was not seriously injured.”
Greenwood said there was a motive to the attack, but did not disclose the reason because of the ongoing investigation.
“It was not a random incident,” Greenwood said.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Department conducted a criminal investigation and submitted their findings to the Pike County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.
DeJaynes was arrested without incident and lodged in the Pike County Jail. As he was arrested before the Sept. 18 implementation of the no-bail act in Illinois, his bond was set at $250,000. Sept. 20, a verified petition for detention was filed in the court to prohibit DeJaynes’ release.
A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 17.
Pike County Public Defender Rick Zimmerman was appointed to serve as DeJayne’s attorney.
The incident remains under investigation.