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DECATUR — A 25-year-old man is facing two preliminary felony charges after police found he was illegally in possession of a revolver, according to court documents.

A sworn affidavit said a Decatur Police Department officer was driving westbound on Peoria Avenue, approaching Warren Street around 11:45 p.m.  Wednesday and saw a man talking on his cellphone. After seeing the squad car, the man began sprinting away, the affidavit said. 

A Macon County sheriff's deputy found him within minutes near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Johnson Avenue. The sworn affidavit said a department K-9  conducted a search for items along the suspect's path and found a loaded black Rock Island .38 Special revolver near a fence in the 400 block of East Johnson Avenue.

During an interview with police, the man said he had the weapon for his own safety. Because he has previously been convicted of a felony, state law prohibits him from having a firearm. 

The suspect was arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail, where he was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond on Thursday night. He is facing preliminary charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and and felon in possession of a weapon. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

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Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites

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