Sirens & Gavels

Suspects named in retaliatory Feb. stabbing

Four suspects were named recently in a February stabbing that police believe may have been retaliation for an earlier fight.

Oscar T. Rodriguez, 24, was arrested Tuesday on eight assault and burglary charges connected to a Feb. 10 attack that left Michael P. Dennis with a stab wound in the left side of his back.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jacob M. Maravilla, 20. Two other suspects, Meghan L. Jeske, 21; and Richelle R. Swinkels, 20, have been summoned.

The four are accused of an early-morning break-in and assault at 907 E. Wabash Feb. 10.
Dennis' brother, Andrew Heatwole, told police he and friends were drinking and playing dice when several people pulled up in three cars and confronted him outside the home.

A man Heatwole identified as Rodriguez punched him in the face as the group entered the home, and a woman struck him with a hammer, according to court documents.

The other man said "something to the effect of, 'you messed with my homegirl Dawn!'" - reportedly in reference to an earlier assault at the home.

Dennis was sleeping when the group burst in but awoke and confronted them. He was stabbed in the back and treated at a hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

Maravilla and Swinkels were arrested the next week, but charges weren't filed until May 10.

Court documents show detectives were tipped on Feb. 24 that Rodriguez may have been involved. Swinkels then came forward and provided the knife police say was used in the stabbing. Dennis later picked Rodriguez and Maravilla out of a phone lineup.

A suspect arrested the day of the attack, 39-year-old Preston R. Tensley, has not been charged. Witnesses first identified Tensley as one of the attackers but then identified Rodriguez in his place.




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