Two young Pekin men broke into the home of a third and assaulted him with a knife and a hammer, charges filed Thursday allege.
The victim suffered a cut and a hammer blow to his right arm in the attack Wednesday that several others witnessed, and which ended when the victim’s father used a chair to force the attackers to flee, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
Charged with one count each of home invasion and aggravated battery were Colton Litz, 18, and Brad Denham, 23, who’s already served two prison terms in cases involving violence and drugs.
The home invasion charge carries up to 30 years in prison with conviction. Denham was ordered held without bond. Litz remained in custody Friday on $150,000 bond.
Noah Parker and three people with him in the basement of his home in the 100 block of Reservoir Road told police they heard a knock on the basement door before Denham and Litz crashed through it, the affidavit stated.
Parker fought with Denham, who pulled a hammer from his pocket and struck Parker. Litz used a knife to cut him on the same arm, the victim and witnesses stated.
Parker’s father, hearing the altercation, rushed to the basement and, according to Denham, struck him in the back with a chair. The attackers fled and were soon stopped by police, who found a hammer and knife in the car that also carried two women, the affidavit stated.
Denham said they went to Parker’s home after one of the women said she had been beaten up there. He and Litz denied using any weapons on Parker.
Denham was sentenced to three years in prison in 2015 for slapping a jail guard while serving a one-year term for aggravated battery. Released on parole, he was sentenced to three more years for possessing meth ingredients in late 2016.