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2 men arrested on gun offenses after police patrol Decatur 'high-crime' area
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2 men arrested on gun offenses after police patrol Decatur 'high-crime' area


DECATUR — A patrol into what police described as a “high-crime area” of Decatur on Friday night led to two men being arrested on multiple weapons charges, with one of them taken into custody at gunpoint.

Sworn affidavits from Decatur Police said officers from the department’s Community Action Team (CAT) swept into the 500 block of East Division Street just before 9 p.m, an area Officer Christopher Skalon described as the scene of “multiple recent shootings.”

Skalon said a group of people congregating in a front yard in the 500 block immediately took off running and officers set off in pursuit of them. One man ended up running directly towards Skalon who said he “drew my duty-issued firearm and ordered the man to the ground, to which he complied.”

Police retraced the 29-year-old Decatur man’s path and found a bag holding a .40 caliber pistol, fully loaded with a round in the chamber. Skalon said the man told police he ran because he was scared but denied ownership of the weapon, which checked as being stolen. But Skalon said a Planet Fitness gym member’s card, found in the bag next to the weapon, confirmed the man’s identity.

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He was booked on preliminary charges of being an armed habitual criminal, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting and obstructing police. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

The second man arrested was taken into custody by Sgt. Scott Rosenbery after a foot chase. Rosenbery said a police dog later sniffed out a loaded .40 caliber handgun underneath a car the man had run by earlier. Rosenbery said the man denied ownership of the gun and gave police a false name but his identity was eventually traced by the Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center, and he was found to have two outstanding arrest warrants.

The 22-year-old man, who lives in Chicago, was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, obstructing justice and resisting/obstructing a police officer. Both he and the 29-year-old arrested man are being held in the Macon County Jail with no bond available.

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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