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DECATUR — Police say a 20-year-old Decatur man who fractured a woman's jaw after he stole $1,200 from her during a robbery in April is in custody.

The man faces preliminary charges of robbery and aggravated battery. 

A signed police affidavit said the incident happened at about 1 p.m. on April 11 in the 1500 block of East Locust Street. The woman told police that she was taking her wallet out of her purse to give her daughter some money when the man saw her and took the money from her hand. 

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The woman chased after the man as he ran westbound on Locust, the affidavit said. When they arrived to the 1200 block of North Woodford Street, the man stopped, pulled a hard, black object out of his pocket and struck the woman in the left side of face. 

The affidavit said the woman was later taken to HSHS St. Mary's Hospital and treated for a severe laceration to the inside of her left cheek and an open fractured jaw that would require surgery. 

The man is due to be arraigned on Oct. 5.

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 


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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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Public Safety Reporter

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