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Erie man, 9th suspect in stabbing during downtown nightclub brawl, will face trial just in case

An Erie man accused along with eight others of attacking two people who were beaten and stabbed at a downtown nightclub in April 2021 faces trial on attempted homicide and other counts. ‘charge.

Tykeem S. Craig, 25, was held in court on all 11 criminal charges Erie police filed against him in June following Craig’s preliminary hearing in Erie County Central Court Wednesday. The charges include two counts of attempted homicide and four felony counts of aggravated assault.

Craig remains in the Erie County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Craig is one of nine Erie men charged by city police in the attack on the former Rockstarz, 1015 State St., in the early morning of April 17, 2021. Investigators say two men, ages aged 26 and 24, had been stabbed during a big fight. which broke inside the crowded club.

The ninth suspect in the assault and stabbing of two men at the former Rockstarz nightclub at 1015 State St. in Erie on April 17, 2021, has been arraigned in court on charges of attempted homicide in following his preliminary hearing on August 17, 2022. The other eight defendants either pleaded guilty to charges or were found guilty of charges at trial.

One of the victims, whose name has not been released, was stabbed seven times and suffered two collapsed lungs. The other unnamed victim was stabbed once and also suffered severe head trauma, police say.

Investigators wrote in one of the criminal complaints filed in the case that a witness identified the group involved in the attack as “4 Nation” or “Forty Gang”. Authorities said the names were used by an East Erie gang.

Police and prosecutors initially sealed criminal complaints against the nine suspects and did not release their names, although seven were apprehended in a warrant sweep six days after the incident.

Cases against eight of the nine defendants were made public when their cases reached the preliminary hearing stage, prosecutors said. The case against Craig came to light after his arrest in June.

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The other eight defendants in the case either pleaded guilty to charges or were found guilty of charges at trial in July.

  • Jermaine L. Lucas Jr., 26, was convicted at trial of first- and second-degree felony counts of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of possession of instrumentalities of crime, common assault and of reckless endangerment, according to court records. He was found not guilty on two counts of attempted homicide. Lucas is scheduled to be sentenced on September 28.

  • Dayon W. Lucas, 22, was found guilty at trial of a first-degree felony count of aggravated assault and misdemeanor of common assault and reckless endangerment, court records show. . He is expected to be sentenced on September 28.

  • Justus D. Davis, 26, pleaded guilty in July to one count of first-degree aggravated assault, court records show. He is expected to be sentenced on September 27.

  • Eric M. Jells, 24, pleaded guilty in July to a second-degree felony count of aggravated assault and was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison, followed by three years probation , according to court records.

  • Von D. McCallum Jr., 26, pleaded guilty in September to one misdemeanor count of common assault and received a restrictive 12-month sentence, court records show.

  • Davanta D. Muldrew, 22, pleaded guilty in April to a second-degree felony count of aggravated assault and was sentenced in late June to 15 to 40 months in prison, followed by a year of probation , according to court records.

  • Jihad M. Owens, 26, pleaded guilty in July to two misdemeanor counts of common assault, court records show. He is expected to be sentenced on September 26.

  • Trousie L. Thrower Jr., 27, pleaded guilty in July to a second-degree felony count of aggravated assault, court records show. He is expected to be sentenced on September 27.

Contact Tim Hahn at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ETNhahn.

This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Ninth suspect in Erie nightclub brawl, stabbed held for court just in case

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