Crime & Courts

Sycamore man charged after drug court violation, pregnant woman attacked

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore man landed back in jail this week after allegedly failing to appear in drug court while also accused of punching a pregnant woman, according to DeKalb County court records.

Alejandro Mora, 23, of the 400 block of East State Street in Sycamore was arrested and charged with a failure to appear in drug court violation. Previously, Mora was charged with aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony; domestic battery, a Class 4 felony; and criminal damage to government supported property, a Class 3 felony. If convicted of either of the Class 3 offenses, Mora could face up to five years in prison.

According to DeKalb County court documents, a woman who Mora knows alleged Mora forced her to stay with him for three weeks during the spring of 2020 while he was attempting to run away from law enforcement because of outstanding warrants for his arrest. The woman told police Mora physically abused her, forced her to take drugs, didn’t let her leave and threatened her life, records state.

On May 6, 2020, Mora allegedly forced the woman into a vehicle and drove the car into rural DeKalb County.

“As Alejandro continued to drive the vehicle, he punched [the woman] multiple times with a closed fist in the face, head, arm, hand and stomach,” court documents state. “It was learned that [the woman was] pregnant.”

Court documents allege that Mora knew the woman was pregnant at the time of the 2020 attack, according to court documents. The woman later was able to drive to Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital in Woodstock to have her injuries treated.

According to court documents, Mora previously was convicted of criminal misdemeanor domestic battery out of Kane County, the conviction stemming from 2017 charges.

Mora also allegedly cracked a window by kicking it and punched a security camera at 10:45 p.m. June 4, 2020 while detained in DeKalb County Jail. According to court documents, the damage cost the jail between $500 and $10,000.

DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery set no bond for Mora, meaning he could not post a monetary bail nor use his signature to get out of jail, on Jan. 19, according to court records.

Mora is due back in court at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Katie Finlon

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.