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DECATUR – Javonne Russell, 19 of Decatur, is facing nine criminal charges after he allegedly slapped a woman, stole her cellphone and cash, threatened to batter her and threw her friend to the ground on Christmas Day.

The 45-year-old victim told police Russell visited her at her residence and they began to argue. He threatened to beat her up during the argument, and she said that she would call the police, said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Joseph Oberheim.

“Javonne came over next to her and slapped her hands, causing her to drop her drink, then grabbed her cellphone and took it and left the residence,” the victim told police.

An eyewitness told police that after Russell took the victim's cellphone, she tried to leave her residence.

“Javonne went and stood in front of the door so that she could not leave,” the witness told police. “He told her that she was not leaving and then acted like he was going to hit her.”

Russell then picked up the victim and slammed her down onto the couch, the witness said. The victim then left her residence.

To get her phone back from Russell, the victim drove with the witness to the 1700 block of North Water Street, where they located him. An argument over the phone ensued between Russell and the victim.

“Javonne opened the back door of her vehicle and reached in and grabbed her purse,” the affidavit said. The witness reported that Russell took about $580 from the wallet in the victim's purse.

When the witness left the vehicle to tell Russell to give the money back, he tried to grab the witness's cellphone, “and when he did he scratched the top of her hand.”

Russell then threw the witness “on the ground and got on top of her.” He “took all of her money” and left the scene, the witness told police.

At 12:15 p.m. Dec. 27, Russell was arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail, where he is being held on $60,000 bond. He was arraigned Jan. 5 on four felony counts of vehicular invasion, robbery, unlawful restraint, theft of property over $500; and five Class A misdemeanors: two counts of domestic battery, one count each of battery, theft under $500 and interfering with reporting of domestic violence.

He is due in court Wednesday for his preliminary hearing.


Staff Writer

Staff Writer for the Herald & Review.