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updated: 4/14/2014 3:46 PM

Two men charged in Elgin knife fight

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  • Edwin Y. Vega

      Edwin Y. Vega

  • Omar Monroy

      Omar Monroy

 
 

Elgin police have charged two men in connection to an attack on Sunday morning in which a man was cut on his hand in a parking lot.

Edwin Y. Vega, 21, of 500 block of Columbia Avenue, Elgin, faces a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and Omar Monroy, 21, of the 0-99 block of Lynch Street, Elgin, faces charges of cocaine possession.

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Both Elgin men are charged with mob action in the fight, in which the injured person suffered a 2-inch cut on his right hand fending off an attack from Vega, who had a pocket knife, according to an Elgin police report.

The incident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Lynch Street, police said.

The 20-year-old victim told he police he was stabbed by Vega and pushed by two other men.

The victim said the altercation began when he heard a person he knew arguing and fighting in a parking lot. The victim thought they were joking around, but was accosted minutes later when he went back to the parking lot.

Police arrested Vega and Monroy in a traffic stop later that day and found a small amount of cocaine on Monroy's person, authorities said.

Under questioning, Vega admitted he was in a fight and pulled a knife, but said it was not his, police said.

Vega was on probation after pleading guilty last year to a felony possession of a controlled substance charge. He received two years probation, served two days in jail and was ordered to complete 30 hours of public service, according to court records.

The aggravated assault charge against Vega is punishable by up to five years in prison if found guilty. He was being held at the Kane County jail on $15,000 bail.

Monroy was being held on $10,000 bail and faces anywhere from probation to three years in prison if convicted.

Both are due in court again Friday.

The Elgin Police Gang Crimes Unit investigated Sunday.

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