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Police: St. Charles man tried to pin injuries on robbery

ST. CHARLES – The 27-year-old man charged with aggravated battery this week initially claimed he was the victim of an attempted robbery, according to a St. Charles police report.

At about 8:20 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to the 100 block of North 15th Street in St. Charles, where a man reportedly was crawling on the ground, bleeding.

Officers began searching the area and were notified by radio of a subject – identified as Marcos Antonio Perez-Velasco – staggering across the rear parking lot of a restaurant in the 1600 block of West Main Street, which is closer to North 17th Street, police reported.

Perez-Velasco reportedly had blood on his face and in his right ear, as well as a scuff mark on his forehead, a bite mark on a forearm and marks and scratches on his knuckles.

It looked as if he had been lying on the ground, as his lower pant legs were wet and dirty, and dirt was on his shirt, police said.

He claimed two men tried to rob him, and he had gotten into a fight near Rookies, 1545 W. Main St., police said.

As police officers and firefighters tried to find more people involved, authorities reportedly took Perez-Velasco to the police department. There, Perez-Velasco refused medical treatment and described the attempted robbery in more detail, police reported. The men wanted money, he reportedly told police, but he refused and a fight ensued.

Police reportedly asked Perez-Velasco why he was on North 17th Street if the fight happened elsewhere. He said the men went in that direction, and he followed them to see where they lived, police reported.

Police later determined Perez-Velasco’s injuries were caused during an altercation with his former roommate, a 54-year-old man, Deputy Chief Dave Kintz said.

He said the fight took place in an overgrown grassy area west of North 15th Street north of West Main Street in St. Charles. Authorities believe the argument was a carryover from a dispute the men had years ago, he said.

Police found the victim in an apartment on North 15th Street with cuts on his face, as well as bite marks on his body.

Perez-Velasco, of the 1800 block of Covington Court, St. Charles, has been charged with aggravated battery to cause great bodily harm, a felony.

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