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Decatur man suffers brain bleed in beating, home invasion, police say

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DECATUR — A 58-year-old Decatur man needed hospital treatment for a brain bleed after his home was invaded by armed robbers who beat him, according to police reports.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said the man told investigating officers he had returned to his East Clay Street house about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. He said he went inside and came out again to let his dog out when he was shoved to the ground from behind and confronted in his front yard by six or seven masked men, one armed with a handgun.

“He said they began beating him and then they grabbed him, picked him up and forced him inside his residence,” Copeland said. “They then basically ransacked the residence and took his phone, his vehicle keys and a quantity of cash.”

Copeland said the man was found bleeding from wounds to his face, hands and head. “He was later discovered to have had a minor brain bleed,” Copeland added.

Copeland said police reports about the incident weren't clear as to what had happened to the man’s dog while he was being attacked. The suspects are being sought on home invasion, aggravated battery and robbery charges, he said.

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


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