DECATUR — Police arrested Damian L. Gude on Saturday night after they said he robbed a Decatur pizza delivery driver and knocked him to the ground with a large stick.

A sworn affidavit said Gude, 34, threatened the life of the 18-year-old Pizza Factory driver even as he lay bleeding on the sidewalk after being hit across the head with the 3-feet-long, 2-inch thick stick.

“(The delivery driver” advised at this time that Damian had a knife in his hand and put the knife to his throat and asked him where the money was,” the affidavit said.

Gude grabbed $70 the driver pulled out of his pockets, took $5 from a the driver's wallet and helped himself to a bag of $5 in change from the driver's vehicle, police said.

“(The driver) advised that Damian then told him something similar to 'leave before I kill you,' and the driver stated he immediately got into his vehicle and drove away," the affidavit said.

Gude was jailed on preliminary charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery, which are are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.

The affidavit said the robbery happened about 7:30 p.m after Gude called in a pizza order for an address in the 700 block of West Forest Avenue. Police managed to trace and arrest him within three hours of the robbery after reviewing surveillance camera video footage they say showed Gude at a nearby apartment before and after the robbery.

Police also seized a cellphone from Gude, which they said was used to place the pizza order.

Gude, who does not yet have an attorney, remained in the Macon County Jail Monday night where he is being held without bond. He is due to be arraigned Nov. 6.

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