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Police/Fire Reports

Dixon man charged after Saturday stabbings

Balel Abdelhadi
Balel Abdelhadi

DIXON – A Dixon man remains in Lee County Jail after being arrested early Saturday in connection with two stabbings at a Dixon bar.

Balal Abdelhadi, 29, was arrested Saturday, Dixon police said in a news release.

He faces two counts of armed violence, punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison per count; two counts of aggravated battery, 2 to 5 years each; unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, 2 to 5 years; two counts of reckless conduct, 1 to 3 years each; and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, up to 1 year each.

Dixon officers responded early Saturday to Drifter's Saloon, 85 S. Galena Ave., to a report of a disturbance on the bar's patio. They found two men had been stabbed, and Dixon City firefighters took the men to KSB Hospital for treatment. Their conditions were unavailable Sunday.

Abdelhadi was identified as a suspect, and police got an arrest warrant for him. He was arrested at a traffic stop, and taken to Lee County Jail on $200,000 bond. He remained Sunday at the jail pending a Monday appearance in Lee County court.

Abdelhadi pled guilty in October 2008 in Lee County court to knowingly damaging property less than $300, and received probation. He also pled guilty in August 2009 in Lee County court to aggravated arson, receiving a 10-year sentence to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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