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Man slashed tires on Merchant Street, police say

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DECATUR — The Decatur man arrested Sunday night for slashing some 20 car tires in downtown Decatur — and suspected by police of breaking windows in the Transfer House and other buildings — has a long record of vandalism and criminal damage. 

Travis C. Stewart, 36, was being held without bond in the Macon County Jail on Monday night as Decatur police continued their investigations. Police reports said it started with windows smashed in the Transfer House, Decatur Civic Center and the downtown Salvation Army headquarters Saturday night and continued with the tire slashings in the 100 blocks of East Prairie Avenue and North Merchant Street on Sunday night. 

Sworn affidavits said witnesses saw Stewart slashing tires and Sgt. Brian Earles told the Herald & Review Monday that Stewart is suspected of hurling a brick through the glass front doors of the Civic Center. He was seen on video surveillance in that incident, police say, and now more surveillance footage is being reviewed that may link him to the other window breakages. 

Stewart made headlines in December when he was sentenced to 24 months' probation after being convicted of spray painting the word “Traitor” in the lobby of the Decatur Police Headquarters and the Macon County Courthouse. 

He had pleaded guilty to a single count of criminal defacement of property in a plea deal that covered multiple acts of vandalism: as well as the spray painted public buildings, Stewart had smashed windows and filled locks with glue at the Decatur Bicycle Shoppe, 1230 E. Pershing Road. 

Police reports at the time said a dispute with the shop staff had triggered Stewart’s rampage, which also included spray painting messages on the Heritage Behavioral Health Center downtown and on a building on the Decatur Memorial Hospital campus.   

On Feb. 19 Stewart was back in Macon County Circuit Court facing a charge of puncturing the tire on a Macon County Sheriff’s Office squad car Jan. 13 while it was parked near the Decatur Public Transit Center. 

Stewart had not entered a plea in that case and Judge Phoebe Bowers had ordered a medical evaluation to see if Stewart was mentally fit to stand trial. A court hearing April 1 judged him fit to be tried after reviewing a doctor’s report but a warrant had been issued for Stewart’s arrest June 24 after he failed to show up for a preliminary hearing. 

As a result of the tire slashing arrest, Stewart now faces 10 new preliminary charges of criminal damage. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney’s office.  

Staff Writer Garrett Karsten contributed to this report.  

2020 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Garrett Karsten at (217) 421-6949. Follow him on Twitter: @GarrettKarsten


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