Former student held in stalking

By Chelsea Irving

A former NIU student is being held in jail on charges of aggravated stalking, battery and unlawful restraint.

Jonathon G. Trubow, 21, was arrested by DeKalb Police on Sept. 24. He was denied bond and is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail in Sycamore.

According to DeKalb County State’s Attorney Michael Coghlan, the victim in the case is Trubow’s former girlfriend. According to her affidavit, Trubow allegedly threatened to cut off her legs and kill her. The documents also state that Trubow has been physically abusive with the victim in the past. He allegedly has beaten her and dragged her by the hair.

The court documents also state that Trubow followed the victim on three separate occasions. Coghlan said one of the alleged followings was in violation of an order of protection against Trubow.

The documents also state that a former girlfriend of Trubow’s told the victim Trubow had hired five men to sexually assault the victim and then slit her throat.

In his motion to deny bail, Coghlan told Circuit Judge Phillip DiMarzio that Trubow allegedly threatened to cut off the legs of his ex-girlfriend with a machete. Trubow also allegedly said he would hire someone to kill the victim and could not wait to see her dead.

Trubow is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Thursday for the charges of battery and unlawful restraint. At that time a police officer will summarize the witnesses’ testimony for the judge.

In cases where a person is held without bond, they must be brought to trial within 90 days. Coghlan said Trubow’s trial has been set for Dec. 6 on the charges of aggravated stalking.

“For a person to be charged with stalking, there must be one of three threats,” Coghlan said. “Those can be either threats of death, sexual assault or confinement.”

These threats must then be followed by two incidents where the victim was followed by the person before the charges of stalking can be filed, he said.

Court documents allege Trubow gave the victim reason to believe that her life or her physical well-being were in danger on at least seven different occasions during the last five months.

Coghlan said for the charge of aggravated stalking, the person must physically harm the victim, violate an order of protection or commit acts of confinement in addition to meeting the requirements described above for stalking.

The maximum sentence Trubow could receive if found guilty would be five years in prison, Coghlan said. However, “it would probably turn out to be more like two or three,” he added.