DECATUR — A Decatur man described by his girlfriend as struggling with “paranoia” is facing a preliminary charge of attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a male victim in the neck, inflicting a life-threatening wound.

Sworn police statements say Justin D. Dick, 24, launched the unprovoked attack about 3 a.m. Friday, telling the victim: “I'm going to kill you before you kill me,” and then “stabbed the victim in the neck with an unknown object,” according to the statements filed Monday.

Decatur police said Dick, who was driving, and his girlfriend were going to give a lift home to the victim. Dick's truck was parked in the driveway of his home in the 1700 block of East Decatur Street.

The girlfriend had noticed the screen door of the house was open, and the victim got out of the truck to close it. She said that's when Dick got out and launched his attack, slashing the victim with what police described as “an edged weapon.”

The girlfriend then jumped out to try and render first aid to the bleeding victim and call for help while Dick fled in the truck.

“The witness (girlfriend) advised ... the victim was not armed and had made no statements whatsoever regarding harming anyone and that he did not provoke the attack in any way,” the statements said.

Dick returned to the scene later and was arrested at 4:34 a.m.. He was booked on preliminary charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery. He remained in the Macon County Jail on Monday in lieu of posting $750,000 bond. He is due to be arraigned April 4.

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