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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.

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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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