DeKalb man facing animal torture charges now faces aggravated assault after 4-hour standoff

DeKALB -- A DeKalb man is facing aggravated assault charges on top of charges that he tortured his pitbull last summer after he engaged DeKalb police in a four-hour standoff Monday night.

Ryan Fox, 38, of the 500 block of Ball Avenue, appeared in DeKalb County court Wednesday facing charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and resisting a police officer. The new charges compound of existing ones, after he failed to appear for a December 16 status hearing after police say he tortured his pitbull, Nugget. If convicted of the most serious crime, aggravated assault or animal cruelty, he could serve 10 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.

On Monday, Fox encountered DeKalb police again when he barricaded himself inside of his home shortly after 8 p.m. Monday and threatened to shoot himself and a DeKalb police officer, court records show.

Police were called to Fox's home on Ball Avenue after another person reported Fox had told him he had a gun and was going to shoot himself. When police arrived and set up a parameter around the house, DeKalb Patrol Officer Elizabeth Fabro spoke with him via cellphone and attempted to get him to come outside, records show.

When Fox emerged from his home, he saw officers next to his house and fled back inside, refusing multiple requests to come back out.

Fox then told the officers he would start shooting them with his gun if they didn't get off his property.

Police were in a standoff with Fox until after midnight, when they arrested him and brought him to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital for a behavioral health assessment. He then appeared for bond call in front of Circuit Court Judge Philip Montgomery Wednesday, who set Fox's bond at $50,000. He would need to post $5,000 to bail out.

DeKalb County State's Attorney Rick Amato filed a motion to increase Fox's bond Wednesday since he's also been indicted on animal torture, cruelty to animals, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and resisting a police officer.

Fox is accused of beating his tan pitbull, Nugget, with a large wooden board and his hands and feet, records show. A stipulation of his $500 bond, which he posted on June 8, 2019, was that he not commit any further offenses, records show.