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DECATUR — A Decatur man accused of cheating by his girlfriend punched her in the face before grabbing a stolen gun and threatening to murder her son, according to police.

The 32-year-old man was arrested at 4:55 a.m. Wednesday and booked on preliminary charges of being an armed habitual criminal, armed violence, being a felon in possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also charged with committing domestic battery while having a prior domestic battery conviction.

Writing in a sworn affidavit, Decatur police Officer Philip Ganley said officers recovered the 9mm handgun the man had wielded and a records check showed it to be stolen out of Moultrie County. Next to the weapon, according to Ganley, police found a series of plastic baggies holding 0.7 grams of cocaine and two others each with 0.1 grams of methamphetamine. There was also $344 in cash denominations consistent, Ganley said, with street drug sales.

The discovery of the drugs led to additional preliminary charges being filed, and the man was booked for the manufacture/delivery of both cocaine and methamphetamine and drug possession. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

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Describing the events leading up the charges, Ganley said the man had hit the 44-year-old girlfriend he’s been dating for the last 11 months after she confronted him about seeing someone else. Her son had then arrived at their home in the 200 block of East Center Street. The affidavit did not describe what interaction there was between them, but said the woman told her son to leave and that was when the man retrieved the gun, hidden behind a picture on the fireplace mantle, and made threats to kill the son.

Macon County Jail records showed the man remained in custody Thursday night with his bond set at $75,000; prosecutors had asked for $100,000.


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

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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