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DECATUR – Adrian Barbee, 25, of Decatur is being held in jail on $34,000 bond, for allegedly attacking a woman while her child was present.

The victim told police she was at a residence on the city's west side at about 11 a.m. Dec. 19, when “Barbee arrived and began yelling at her,” said a probable cause affidavit by Decatur patrol officer James Weddle.

When the woman “tried to ignore him,” he “snatched the cellphone out of her hand, threw it on the ground and began to stomp on it.”

Barbee then “picked her up and slammed her to the ground, causing pain to her right arm,” the victim told police.

“The battery to (the victim) and the criminal damage to her phone were witnessed by (the victim's young child),” Weddle wrote in his statement.

The victim told police the cellphone destroyed by Barbee was an iPhone, valued at $600.

Following the incident, Barbee was placed on the police department's persons wanted list.

About 9:15 p.m. Dec. 31, officer Weddle pulled over a vehicle for a traffic infraction.

“I immediately detected the odor of burnt cannabis emitting from the vehicle,” Weddle wrote in an affidavit. “During a search of the vehicle I located a plastic bag containing a white rocklike substance in the driver's side door pocket.” The substance was positively identified as crack cocaine.

The driver, whose driver's license had been revoked, identified himself to police by giving a false name. When the police checked that name in a local law enforcement database, it showed that man was 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

“I noted that the driver was much taller, closer to 6 feet, 4 inches,” Weddle wrote in his statement.

However, the driver insisted he was the shorter man and refused to reveal his correct identity.

“I eventually was able to identify the subject as Adrian Barbee,” the officer wrote, adding his driver's license had been revoked due to a 2015 DUI conviction.

Barbee is facing five felony charges: domestic battery with a prior violation of an order of protection, criminal damage to property, possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of justice and driving while revoked.

He is due in court Wednesday for his preliminary hearing on three of the charges and status on the other two counts.


Staff Writer

Staff Writer for the Herald & Review.