DECATUR — A 33-year-old Decatur man was arrested early Monday in connection with several incidents, including an April 19 aggravated kidnapping

Police took him into custody at 12:42 a.m. in the parking lot of Walmart, 4625 E. Maryland St., according to several sworn police affidavits describing three separate incidents over the past month. 

The first took place on April 6, when police said the man stole a checkbook out of a victim's mailbox and cashed two checks to himself worth more than $500. Officers saw the man on surveillance video from the credit union where the checks were cashed, according to the affidavit. 

In the April 19 incident, police said he fled from officers in a stolen Jeep Cherokee with a 1-year-old child, who was eventually returned safely. The situation started when officers went to the 800 block of West Wood Street to check a report that one man was on a roof handing objects to another person on the ground, the affidavit said. Police found two men in the alley sitting in the Jeep. 

The passenger, 36, appeared nervous and told officers there was a warrant out for his arrest, so he got out of the car and was handcuffed, the affidavit said. As the passenger was being searched, the 33-year-old suspect fled with the child in the backseat.

The sworn affidavit said the vehicle was located by two other county agencies and fled from both when they tried to stop the vehicle. The child was safely dropped off with a woman at a Decatur gas station.

Law enforcement caught up to the man again at 7:37 p.m. Friday, when a Macon County sheriff's deputy saw a light green Lexus RX-350 speeding west on U.S. 36, the affidavit said. A check of the registration with dispatch showed that the vehicle had been stolen.

The affidavit said the officer tried to initiate a traffic stop at Airport Road and Beacon Drive, but the suspect accelerated and got away. 

Late Sunday night, the same deputy was searching for the stolen car and spotted it in the Walmart parking lot near the south entry doors.

After the suspect opened the vehicle's rear hatch, deputies approached in their squad cars before pursuing on foot, the affidavit said. Deputies ordered the suspect to the ground while holding their Tasers, and he did not resist. 

The suspect was taken into custody at 12:42 a.m. Monday, the affidavit said. The affidavit said the suspect admitted to stealing the vehicle, driving it and fleeing from the deputy two days prior. Police said they also found that he had 2.8 grams of methamphetamine. 

He was booked at 4:34 a.m. into the Macon County Jail on preliminary charges of aggravated kidnapping, obstructing/resisting an officer, burglary, possession of methamphetamine, two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, unlawful possession of three or more debit/credit cards, felony driving while suspended and attempting to elude police.

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. He was being held in the jail in lieu of $85,000 bond. 

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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