DECATUR – After a woman told Christian L. Kirk she no longer wanted to associate with him, he allegedly responded by hitting her with a stick and punching her in the head while they were in public.

The victim, in her 20s, told police she and Kirk were walking on Water Street, near Grand Avenue, early the morning of Jan. 31, when they got into an argument over the change in their relationship.

“During the argument, Christian hit her with an approximately 2-foot long wooden stick while they were in the roadway,” said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Joe Oberheim.

The victim said she was hit two or three times in her left arm with the stick.

She then ran into a nearby gas station, with Kirk, a 20-year-old Decatur man, running in behind her. Kirk continued to argue with her while they were inside the business.

“Christian then punched her with a closed fist in the left side of her head,” the victim told police, according to the affidavit.

A witness told police essentially the same story. He said he observed Kirk yelling at the woman in the gas station and then saw him hitting the woman in the head.

Kirk was arrested about 6:15 a.m. that day and booked into the Macon County Jail, where he is being held without bond. He was arraigned Monday on one felony count of aggravated battery and two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery.

He was ordered by a judge to have no contact with the victim or go to her residence. Kirk is due in court for his preliminary hearing on Feb. 22.

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