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Man arrested after robbing Decatur victim of his own gun, police say


DECATUR — Police reports said a Decatur man was arrested on charges he robbed a victim of the victim’s own handgun, and then held him at gunpoint with it while he made his getaway.

A sworn affidavit said the 27-year-old suspect was also armed with his own handgun, and used them both to cover the victim, the victim’s 3-year-old son and the victim’s 29-year-old friend.

Later, the affidavit said the victim received a phone call from the suspect which he switched to speakerphone as police officers stood close by. “The subject on the other line made statements such as ‘I didn’t mean to get down like that’ and also offered to give (the victim) cannabis for the act,” the affidavit said.

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Writing in the affidavit, Decatur police Detective Tim Wittmer said the alleged robbery happened on the afternoon of Aug. 22 and police found and arrested the suspect Wednesday night. Wittmer said he had been identified at the time by the victim and the crime had also been captured on surveillance video when it happened in the 600 block of South Oakland Avenue.

Wittmer said all three men and the child had been together in the same car at the time of the robbery. The victim was sitting next to the other witness, who was driving, and the suspect was in the back seat when he suddenly reached forward and grabbed the victim’s 9mm semi-automatic handgun, which lay between the front seats on the vehicle’s center console.

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Reviewing the surveillance video, Wittmer added: “The back driver’s side door abruptly opens and (the suspect) is seen walking backwards westbound through the 600 block of South Oakland while holding two firearms that were pointed directly at the occupants of the car.”

The suspect was booked on preliminary charges of armed robbery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a weapon by a felon. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

A check of Macon County Jail records showed the suspect remained in custody Thursday night with bail set at $150,000, meaning he must post $15,000 to bond out.

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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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