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4 Decatur women arrested after beating and 'revenge attack' 2 days later

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DECATUR —  Police say two Decatur women who punched, kicked and beat a 19-year-old female Saturday found themselves the victims of a revenge attack Monday when they were accosted in the parking lot of a city bar. 

A sworn statement from Decatur police officer Megan Welge said the women, ages 22 and 21, were set upon at 11:30 p.m. as they walked out of the Elbow Room bar at 3775 N. Woodford St. They described being attacked by eight or 10 assailants who beat them with metal poles.

Police arrested the victims of the Monday attack for beating the 19-year-old two days earlier. They also arrested the 19-year-old and 22-year-old in the revenge attack. 

Commenting on the four sets of sworn affidavits attached to the cases, Decatur police Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll said the Monday attack looks like a revenge assault for the Saturday night attack.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police officer Philip Ganley said the Saturday incident happened about 10:50 p.m. as the 19-year-old woman was walking to the main door of her apartment complex in the 1400 block of East Wellington Way.

Ganley said the victim described the 22-year-old assailant as hitting her with a tree branch and kicking her after the 21-year-old accomplice had punched her in the face multiple times and knocked her to the ground. The 21-year-old noticed the victim’s Apple watch was lying on the ground before walking over and stomping on it, cracking the screen, police said. 

Ganley said the women fled after the attack, leaving the victim with cuts to her lips, left side of her face, her back and her abdomen. Ganley said the victim told police she’s had trouble with the two women in past disputes and had braced for an attack as soon as she saw them approaching her.

After suffering their own assault and being arrested Monday night, both women were booked on charges of felony mob action and battery, and the 21-year-old was charged with criminal damage for the watch stomping. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office. Both women remained in the Macon County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of posting $3,000 bond each.

For her part in the alleged revenge assault on her attackers, the 19-year-old was booked on preliminary charges of mob action and aggravated battery. Her 22-year-old accomplice was booked on charges of mob action and theft, for allegedly stealing a wallet during the assault. 

Both she and the 19-year-old are free after posting $2,000 bond each. 


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


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