DECATUR — The Decatur man police said beat a pizza delivery driver and threatened him with a knife while robbing him pleaded not guilty to felony charges Wednesday.

Damian L. Gude, 34, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court where Judge Phoebe S. Bowers found probable cause to arraign him on two counts of armed robbery and two counts of armed violence. The charges are Class X felonies.

Gude, who has been held in the Macon County Jail without bond since his arrest on the night of the incident Oct. 28, was ordered to appear for a pretrial hearing Dec. 27.

Testifying under questioning by Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott, Decatur police patrol officer Charles Lane said the 18-year-old driver was lured to the 700 block of West Forest Avenue by Gude, who had placed an order.

Lane said Gude appeared on the street carrying a large stick and asked the delivery driver if could make change from $20. Lane said the driver told him Gude had then hit him over the head with the stick, knocking him to the ground before holding a knife to his throat and stealing his wallet and a bag of change from the car.

Lane said Gude was later identified from surveillance video. He was traced to a nearby apartment, and when police called the number used to place the pizza order, Gude’s phone rang.

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Courts and public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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