DECATUR — Police said they have found and arrested a Decatur man who burst into a neighbor’s apartment armed with a 8-inch knife while making threats to kill.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said the incident happened Monday evening and officers found and arrested the man Wednesday afternoon.

Writing in the affidavit, Officer Stephen Feurer said the neighbor had been in the living room of his home in the 500 block of West Prairie Avenue when the man stormed in after kicking his front door open.

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The 41-year-old neighbor "advised the man entered into his residence by several feet with a silver 8-inch knife in his right hand,” said Feurer. “(The neighbor) advised the man then threatened the imminent use of force by saying ‘I am going to kill you, you" (expletive).

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Feurer said the man then fled out of the apartment after making his threat, pursued by the neighbor whom he continued to threaten even as he ran away.

Police officers checked the neighbor’s apartment and found damage to the front door consistent with his story of what happened. The neighbor later picked the man out of a photo line-up and the man was booked on preliminary charges of home invasion, aggravated assault and criminal damage. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

A check of jail records showed the man remained in custody Thursday night in lieu of posting bail set at $10,000; prosecutors had asked for $30,000.

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