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Decatur man, cut by a child defending his home 2 years ago, is now arrested on burglary charge, police say

Decatur man, cut by a child defending his home 2 years ago, is now arrested on burglary charge, police say


DECATUR — Police said a Decatur burglar who got more than he bargained for two years ago when he encountered a child armed with a knife has now been arrested, linked to the burglary by his own spilled blood. 

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said detectives had sent the splattered knife and various blood swab samples off to the State Police Crime Lab and results identifying a suspect in a criminal database came back earlier this year. Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll said the 24-year-old suspect was already serving a prison sentence for other offenses but was rearrested Tuesday after being brought back to the Macon County Jail.

He was then booked on a preliminary charge of burglary; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney's office.

Writing in the affidavit, Detective Jason Kuchelmeister said the original burglary dated to Nov. 1, 2017, when officers were called to a house on South Drive to find a 12-year-old boy with “blood covering his face, arms and legs.”

The boy told police how he had been home alone when he heard sounds of someone trying to break into his house. He called his mother to alert her and then armed himself with a kitchen knife before retreating to his mother’s bedroom.

“The juvenile stated while in his mother’s bedroom he heard glass break and the subject enter his residence. The juvenile said an unknown man ... carrying a flashlight then entered the bedroom. The juvenile stated the subject turned toward him at which time he (the juvenile) cut the man and stabbed him before the man pushed him away and fled the residence.”

The man remained held in the Macon County Jail Wednesday night and has been denied bond.

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


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