Crime & Courts

Bond at $50K for man accused of punching girlfriend in face

Shannon Atkins

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County judge set bond at $50,000 for a man accused of punching his girlfriend several times and trying to keep her from getting away, according to court records.

Shannon Atkins, 34, of the 1400 block of Twombly Road, is charged with unlawful restraint and domestic battery. If convicted of the most serious offense, unlawful restraint, he could face one to three years in prison.

Police said in court records that Atkins knocked the woman to the floor during an argument just after midnight Wednesday; punched her in the side of the head, in her face and in her chest; and then put his hands on her neck to keep her from getting away. The records show he only relented once she’d crawled to the kitchen and went for a knife, breaking dishes in the process, and that she ran to the bathroom to call the police.

Atkins told Judge Philip Montgomery that he had moved to DeKalb less than a month ago, and that he has job interviews and is enrolled in Kishwaukee College’s autos program.

Montgomery said because of Atkins’ 14 previous failures to appear in court and his three previous felonies, he’d set bond. If Atkins posts $5,000 to be released, he’ll be placed on electronic home monitoring and is forbidden contact with the victim, Montgomery ruled.

Atkins is due back in court at
9 a.m. Sept. 8.