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Man who said he spent stimulus money on drugs arrested with illegal weapon, Decatur police report

Man who said he spent stimulus money on drugs arrested with illegal weapon, Decatur police report

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DECATUR — A Decatur man who told police he had spent his federal stimulus check on crack cocaine was arrested after fellow guests at a motel he was staying at said he was armed and making threats to kill.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police said officers were called to the Decatur motel at 6:30 a.m. March 27 and obtained a warrant to search the man’s room.

Once inside, Officer Robert Murray said police seized a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol and several bags of ammunition of .22 and various other calibers. Murray said a search turned up no drugs in the room after the 40-year-old man made the comment about how he’d used his stimulus funds.

Murray said several women present described the man as a “methamphetamine addict” and also said he was seen holding the gun and with the weapon tucked into his waistband. The women said he was making threats to kill a named person who was not on scene when police arrived.

The man was booked on preliminary charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and being a felon in possession of a weapon and ammunition. Police said a criminal records check revealed previous convictions for felony theft and domestic battery.

A check of Macon County Jail records Tuesday showed the man remained in custody with bail set at $50,000, meaning he must post $5,000 to be released. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney’s office.


Mug shots from the Herald & Review 

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

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