DECATUR – As Rickey Blackmon was being booked into the Macon County Jail on charges related to a domestic battery case, a packet of heroin fell from his clothing.
The heroin brought Blackmon, a 51-year-old Decatur man, an additional felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.
Blackmon, who has four prior convictions in narcotics cases and has served two terms in the Illinois Department of Corrections, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Dec. 30 after a 27-year-old woman reported to police that he shoved her to the ground and slashed her friend's car tires.
He is being held in jail on $14,000 bond.
About 1:15 a.m. Dec. 30, police were sent to the 1400 block of East Grand Avenue on the report of a domestic battery complaint, said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Stephen Kennedy.
The woman told police that while she and her friend were visiting Blackmon, “he became enraged, accusing her of stealing from him,” Kennedy wrote in his statement. She told Blackmon that she had not taken anything from him and then left the residence with her friend.
“Rickey followed them outside as he shoved (the victim) to the ground, causing a bruise/scratch mark to her upper left thigh area,” the affidavit said.
Blackmon then dumped the contents of the woman's purse onto the ground and retrieved a black pocket knife. He then jabbed the knife into the sidewalls of two of the tires of the victim's friend.
In a police interview, Blackmon said he never shoved the woman. He claimed that she “came after him with a knife.”
After Blackmon was placed under arrest, police found a black pocket knife in his rear pants pocket.
Two of the tires of the victim's friend's car were flat. The car owner said she just bought those new tires the previous morning.
When Blackmon was searched in the jail before putting on his jumpsuit, a correctional officer “observed a small piece of folded aluminum foil fall from the waistband of his underwear,” said an affidavit by sheriff's Sgt. Matthew Reynolds. “Blackmon voluntarily stated that the foil contained heroin.”
During an interview, Blackmon said “the heroin had been inside his waistband for the last two days and he had forgotten about it before being arrested and taken to jail.” The off-white-colored substance tested positive for heroin.
Blackmon was arraigned Jan. 5 on three misdemeanor counts, two of domestic battery and one of criminal damage to property. The following day he was formally charged with the felony narcotics count.
He is due in court Wednesday for his preliminary hearing.