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Decatur police: Boyfriend wants to get high, beats girlfriend to give him money

Decatur police: Boyfriend wants to get high, beats girlfriend to give him money


DECATUR — Police said a Decatur man who woke up his girlfriend demanding she give him money to buy drugs — and then beat her when she didn’t hand over enough cash — is now in jail facing multiple preliminary charges.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police said the 54-year-old woman was attacked in her home May 31 and police found and arrested the man Sunday morning at an address in the 2500 block of East Locust Street.

He was booked on preliminary charges of committing domestic battery while having a previous battery conviction, interference with the reporting of domestic violence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office; the 49-year-old man is being held in the Macon County Jail with no bond available.

Writing in the affidavit, police Officer Gregory Clark said the woman told them trouble started when her boyfriend of 2 ½ years had awakened her at 1 a.m. asking for “money to get high.” Clark said she handed him $90 but he told her it wasn’t enough.

“(She) said when she refused to give (him) more money, he punched her twice in the face, once in the stomach, and once in the left side of her body on the rib cage, causing injury and pain,” said Clark.

He said the woman then drove her boyfriend to an ATM, withdrew an additional $160, and took him to a house in Decatur where he purchased crack cocaine. The woman then sought medical treatment for her beating injuries at Decatur Memorial Hospital and police, who later searched her home, said they found leftover crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia used to smoke it.

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


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