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Decatur man chased by his victims pleads guilty to aggravated robbery

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DECATUR — Akeem Evans, a Decatur man who police said wound up being chased by his victims, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery on Friday in Macon County Circuit Court.

Evans, 20, was sentenced by Judge Thomas E. Griffith to 90 days in jail and 24 months' probation on the Class 1 felony as part of a plea deal. A charge of armed robbery/no firearm was dismissed. He was given credit for 45 days served in jail since his arrest.

The prosecution was represented by Assistant State's Attorney Hyelim Cho. Assistant public defender Timothy Tighe represented Evans.

Decatur police officer Cody Rose had testified during Evans' arraignment that the robbery happened the morning of Aug. 16 in Johns Hill Park after two male victims, ages 17 and 20, had arranged to meet Evans to sell him cannabis.

“But Akeem pulled a handgun on them and demanded everything they had, which included the cannabis, cellphones and other items,” Rose said in an affidavit filed in the case.

The two victims, after getting over their initial shock, looked more carefully at the gun and decided it “might be fake” Rose said. “(They) then chased Akeem northwest through the park and near Johns Hill School. Akeem started throwing the items (he had stolen) all around so as to slow (the victims).”

Rose said the victims came charging out of the park just as officers arrived to investigated a report of an "unknown altercation" in the area. He was identified through pictures posted on Facebook.

2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact John Reidy at (217) 421-6973. Follow him on Twitter: @jsreidy2099


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