SYCAMORE – Four inmates at DeKalb County Jail face charges of aggravated battery and robbery in connection with an attack on a fifth jail inmate Thursday, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.
Adale Cross, 25, of the 800 block of Regent Drive, DeKalb; Timothy T. Fulton, 19, of the 2100 block of Henning Lane, Yorkville; Gabriel Banks-Hollingsworth, 19, of the 1300 block of Marketplace Drive, Yorkville, and Malik R. Jones, 22, of the 800 block of Ridge Drive, DeKalb, were all charged with aggravated battery and robbery after they beat and robbed a fellow inmate, sheriff’s officials said.
Cross also is charged with tampering with a security system. Sheriff’s deputies said he covered a jail camera during the incident.
The fifth inmate has not been identified because he was the victim, but sheriff’s officials said he was beaten, and some of his personal belongings such as commissary items were taken from him by his attackers. Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Sullivan said the victim’s injuries did not require him to go to the hospital.
“He was checked out by our staff and was fine,” Sullivan said. “He didn’t need stitches.”
Sullivan said that about 8:40 p.m. Thursday, jail deputies noticed a jail camera in cell block E, in the old jail wing, was obscured.
“As soon as they saw the camera had been covered, they went to that area and found the altercation had happened,” Sullivan said Friday. He said the camera mounted on the ceiling in the cell block was covered with a blanket.
The victim was moved to a different cell block, and the four attackers also were separated, corrections Sgt. Craig Malone said Friday.
The jail underwent a $36 million expansion project which began in June 2016 and was completed in September, increasing the total number of beds in the jail to 140.
The wing expansion was meant to address a decades-long overcrowding issue, and make way for inmates.
The new jail houses minimum-
security inmates, inmates who are yet to be classified, the mental health unit, the discipline unit, inmates with special needs other than psychological needs, long-term inmates and trustees, and inmate workers.
The old jail now houses maximum-security inmates, medium-security inmates, work-release inmates, women, and other minimum-security inmates.
Sullivan said there’s always a chance an altercation can happen in a jail, regardless of the number of inmates.
“Deputies do their best to address the situation,” Sullivan said. “There’s always a concern this can happen.”