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Six-Figure Bonds For Suspects In Stabbing Near Clark And Belmont

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Demetrious Moore, 26, is charged with aggravated battery in a stabbing in the Lakeview neighborhood on July 16, 2011. (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Demetrious Moore, 26, is charged with aggravated battery in a stabbing in the Lakeview neighborhood on July 16, 2011. (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

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UPDATED 07/18/11 1:31 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Six-figure bonds were set Monday for two men charged in the stabbing of another man in the Clark and Belmont area of Lakeview.

Demetrious Moore, 26, of the 7500 block of North Seeley Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood, was charged with aggravated battery, causing great bodily harm and possession of a controlled substance, in the Saturday morning stabbing, according to a statement from police News Affairs.

His bond was set at $250,000 Monday.

The alleged accomplice, Israel D. Johnson, 23, of the 7200 block of South Rhodes Avenue on the South Side, was charged with one misdemeanor count of battery, causing bodily harm, the statement said.

While misdemeanor charges often result in recognizance bonds, bond for Johnson was set at $200,000.

The stabbing happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday on Belmont Avenue near Wilton Avenue, just east of the busy Belmont Red-Brown-Purple Line stop, police said.

The suspects allegedly approached the victim from behind, and a fight erupted, according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.

During the brawl, the suspects stabbed the man in the back before fleeing the scene, she said.

The man was taken in good condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to Kubiak.

The victim was treated for minor injuries and has been released, according to a statement from Ald. Tom Tunney (44th).

The scene of the crime is not far from the Boystown strip of Halsted Street, where several acts of violence have sparked concern – and racial tension – in the busy gay nightlife district. Most infamously, Rubin Robinson, 25, was stabbed and beaten on July 3, in an attack that was caught on videotape. A suspect has been charged in the case.

But despite the proximity, the area where the latest attack occurred is part of a completely different nightlife district, which historically drew the punk and alternative crowd. Fights in the area were commonplace for many years.

In his statement, Tunney said late-night police patrols had stepped up in the neighborhood, and his office is looking to find additional resources to beef up law enforcement.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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