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Couple who bring gun to fight are arrested, charged, Decatur police report

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DECATUR — A man and a woman who brought a gun to a verbal argument in Decatur were both arrested and booked on preliminary weapons charges, according to a sworn police affidavit.

Police said the 39-year-old man from Niantic and the woman, aged 38, from Harristown had arrived at an address in the 1100 block of Maze Court on the afternoon of May 18 to confront the woman’s ex-boyfriend in a dispute over “property and clothing.”

As the argument became heated, several witnesses were quoted as telling police the woman pulled a handgun.

“(The witnesses)... advised (the man) took the handgun from (the woman) as she was pointing it and waving it at them. (One of the witnesses) advised it appeared to him that she had taken the firearm from the man’s waistband before pointing and threatening everyone with it.”

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The affidavit, signed by Officer Hayden Patterson, said that version of events was borne out by the man’s own comments to police. He said the woman had collected the .380 semi-automatic from her Harristown home before giving it to him and he had concealed it in the waistband of his pants.

“(He) stated he was in possession of the firearm prior to their arrival (in Decatur) and during the altercation until (she) took it from him and began threatening everyone with it,” the affidavit said.

Sworn affidavit information on the woman was not available, but a check of Macon County Jail records Thursday showed she was in custody and facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number and illegal possession of a weapon.

The man also remained jailed on charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The woman’s bail is set at $75,000, meaning she must post $7,500 to bond out; the man’s bail is set at $50,000, requiring a $5,000 bond. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

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


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