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DECATUR – Davante D., Reed, 24, of Decatur is being held in jail on $155,000 bond, after he allegedly entered a westside residence, put a gun to a woman's head and dragged her outside to a vehicle by her hair.

A 26-year-old woman was asleep at her friend's house, on the 1300 block of North Fairview Avenue, at about 5 p.m. Oct. 29, when Reed entered without permission and asked the resident where the woman he was seeking was located.

The resident told Reed the woman was “hiding behind the bedroom door,” said an affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Adam Siefman.

When Reed told the woman to leave the residence with him, she refused, a witness told police. Reed then “racked the slide to the black handgun he was holding and put the gun to (the victim's) head before threatening her,” Siefman wrote in his affidavit.

Reed then grabbed the victim “by the hair on her head and physically dragged her down the hall, through the living room, out the front door, down the gravel driveway and put her in a silver car he had come in.”

While an officer was interviewing a witness about 15 minutes after the incident occurred, the victim called that witness on the phone.

The victim, who was apparently still with Reed, told the witness, “tell the officers that Devante did not have a gun.” The officer heard this statement because the witness's phone was in speaker mode. The witness said she already told police he had a gun.

“Call the police back, tell them Davante was not armed,” the victim reportedly told the witness.

A second witness told police she was in the living room when she saw Reed “walking up to the residence with a black handgun to his side.” She also told police she saw Reed “rack the slide to the black handgun” and “drag (the victim) through the house, down the driveway and put her in the front seat of the car.” Four eyewitnesses altogether gave similar accounts to police.

Reed was arrested Dec. 26 and booked into the Macon County Jail. He was charged Tuesday in Macon County Circuit Court with seven felony counts, one count each of Class X home invasion and aggravated criminal trespass, two counts of domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction and three counts of possession of weapons by a felon.

Reed has four prior felony convictions, including a 2014 case in which he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint in that case, after he was charged with strangling a 27-year-old woman and striking her in the head.

He is due in court for his preliminary hearing Jan. 18.


Staff Writer

Staff Writer for the Herald & Review.