DeKalb man arrested in connection with incident involving gunshot wound to hand

DeKALB – A DeKalb man was arrested this week in connection with a Dec. 17 firearms discharge incident resulting in a gunshot wound to a victim’s hand.

Raymond E. Ritchason, 25, of the 1300 block of West Lincoln Highway, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony; aggravated discharge of a firearm, also a Class X felony; unlawful use and possession of weapons by a felon, a Class 3 felony; and reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony. If convicted of either of the Class X charges, Ritchason could face up to 30 years in prison.

According to DeKalb County court records, Ritchason discharged a firearm, wounding the victim’s hand Dec. 17.

Court documents stated Ritchason knowingly discharged a firearm in another person’s direction and that he was within 1,000 feet of the Northern Illinois University campus in DeKalb. Law enforcement officials also wrote in the charging documents that Ritchason previously was convicted of felony domestic battery in March 2018 at the time he allegedly possessed a handgun.

Ritchason also was convicted on drug possession charges in 2019, according to court records.

On Friday, DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery set bond for Ritchason, who attended court via Zoom, at $100,000 for the December felony charges and $50,000 for violating probation for other felony cases – a combined bond of $150,000 that requires 10% to post bail.

Montgomery said Ritchason was in a higher-risk category to reoffend and cited Ritchason’s history of failing to appear in court. Should Ritchason post bail, he’ll be placed on restrictive electronic home monitoring, Montgomery said.

Also in court Friday, prosecutors filed a petition to revoke probation or conditional discharge for Ritchason related to previous felony convictions, according to court records. The move comes after multiple previous petitions filed by prosecutors related to those convictions.

Ritchason is due back in court at 2:30 p.m. March 4.

Katie Finlon

Katie Finlon covers local government and breaking news for DeKalb County in Illinois. She has covered local government news for Shaw Media since 2018 and has had bylines in Daily Chronicle, Kendall County Record newspapers, Northwest Herald and in public radio over the years.