DECATUR – When a 25-year-old woman told Lorin Stamps to get out of her vehicle and removed her keys from the ignition, he allegedly responded by wrapping his arms around her neck and pulling her hair.

Stamps, 27, then dragged her out of the car in a northside parking lot, threw her to the ground several times and repeatedly punched her, according to the victim and a witness.

He is being held in jail on $15,000 bond, pending his preliminary hearing March 8. At his arraignment Wednesday, Stamps was found to be indigent and assigned a public defender.

As a condition of his bond, Stamps has been ordered to have no contact with the victim or go to her residence.

Police were sent to the parking lot of the shuttered Kmart store, 1155 E. Pershing Road, about 9 p.m. Feb. 9 on the report of a domestic battery incident.

The victim told police that after Stamps dragged her from the car, he once again “put his arms around her neck,” said an affidavit by a Decatur patrol officer.

A witness told police she saw a man dressed in a gray sweatshirt was arguing with a woman dressed in black in the parking lot. He began hitting her, got behind her and put his arms around her neck, the witness told police.

When police talked with Stamps, “who was visibly intoxicated,” he reported that “during the argument he took the keys from (the victim) because he thought she was going to mace him.”

Stamps was arraigned Wednesday on six felony counts, three of aggravated battery in a public place and three of domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction.

He previously was sentenced to a five-year term in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated domestic battery in a 2008 case, a 100-day jail term for burglary in a 2009 case and a two-year supervision term for possession of a stolen firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm in a 2006 case.

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