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Dixon man accused of stabbing two men was on parole for arson

Balel Abdelhadi
Balel Abdelhadi

DIXON – The Dixon man accused of stabbing two other men in a downtown bar fight is on parole for aggravated arson in a 10-year-old case.

Balal Abdelhadi, 29, is in Lee County Jail on $200,000 bond. Police say he stabbed Dixon cousins Shoncey McGlown, 26, in the head, ribs, arm and back, and Xavier McGlown, 24, in the back Saturday on the patio at Drifter’s Saloon, 85 S. Galena Ave.

Neither man’s wounds were life-threatening.

Abdelhadi, later arrested during a traffic stop, is charged with two counts of armed violence, punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison; two counts of aggravated battery, and one of possession of a weapon by a felon, each of which carries 2 to 5 years; two counts of reckless conduct, punishable by 1 to 3 years; and two counts of misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon.

He has a status hearing May 22.

The Illinois Department of Corrections also has put a hold on his release because of the possible parole violation, which means even if he makes bail, he will remain in jail.

Abdelhadi was convicted in August 2009 of aggravated arson; he was one of three people convicted of making and throwing three flaming Molotov cocktails at a Dixon house that April, and he was sentenced to 10 years. He was paroled on Nov. 3, 2017.

He also was convicted in October 2008 in Lee County of felony damaging property, and was convicted that December of battery and unlawful restraint for attacking a woman in her apartment. He was given probation in both cases.

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