DECATUR — A Decatur man who used a baseball bat and his feet to smash and dent two cars is now facing charges of criminal damage and harassment, police said.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police said the damage was done Thursday night and the 37-year-old man was arrested at 4:50 a.m. Friday. He was booked on charges of causing criminal damage to property that will cost more than $300 to repair and harassment via electronic communication device. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

The affidavit said two female witnesses saw the man climb onto the hood of one vehicle parked in the 300 block of South Edward Street and smash the front windshield in with multiple blows from a baseball bat.

A motive for that attack wasn’t given in the affidavit, but it described the man as sending multiple text messages to a woman who is the mother of his child saying “look at your car.” The affidavit did not specify where this second vehicle was parked, but described the woman going outside to find the front and back driver’s side doors covered in multiple large dents, each the size of a basketball.

“The damage appeared to be caused by kicking, as you could see shoe prints where the damage was,” the affidavit said. “The cost to repair large door dents is $100-$130, which could increase if the paint is damaged.”

Macon County Jail records show the man is free after posting $5,000 bail.

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