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Decatur police: Man arrested after strangling girlfriend, punching sister

Decatur police: Man arrested after strangling girlfriend, punching sister

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DECATUR — A 28-year-old man was arrested Monday after his sister and girlfriend told matching stories about how he became violent with them, police Sgt. Chris Copeland said Tuesday. 

The man struck his 18-year-old sister in the face and wrestled her to the ground after an argument about how he was treating their mother, Copeland said. When the suspect's girlfriend, 18, threatened to call the police, he pinned her against the wall by her throat, cutting off her airflow and making it impossible to breathe, Copeland said.

Copeland said the suspect's sister pushed her brother off the woman and he fled.

Officers arrived at 9:20 p.m. Sunday, April 28, to the Decatur home on South Dunn Drive. The accounts of both women matched, Copeland said.

Police found the suspect Monday and arrested him on preliminary charges of interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, domestic battery, aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery with strangulation.

The suspect was also arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Coles County for not attending a court date for a 2018 charge for possession of meth.

He is being held in the Macon County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bond.

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

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