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Maroa man pleads not guilty to threatening with gun, pursuing Decatur driver


DECATUR — A Maroa man who prosecutors said threatened a Decatur driver with a gun and then followed him around town threatening to kill him, was in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to a charge of being an armed habitual criminal.

Kevin M. Roark, 30, appeared with his defense attorney, Steve Jones, and waived a preliminary hearing on the charge. Macon County Circuit Court Judge Phoebe Bowers scheduled a pretrial hearing for May 2. Roark remained in the custody of the Macon County Jail where he is being held without bond.

The charge against him dates to the night of March 6 when, according to a sworn Decatur police affidavit, Roark suddenly pulled up next to a 54-year-old man who had stopped in at the Circle K gas station, 3002 N. Main St, to check his car’s oil.

“(Roark) pointed a firearm at him and stated something like, ‘Why don’t you have license plates on your car?’” officer J. Briar Weddle said in the affidavit. Weddle said the frightened driver, who had never met Roark before, tried to get away by driving off, but Roark pursued him.

Weddle said Roark continued the pursuit down Main Street to Lake Shore Drive and then up Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. He was intercepted by police in the 1500 block of North Morgan Street about 9 p.m. after police were alerted by a 911 call.

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Roark, who said little in court, is quoted in the affidavit as telling police he was convinced the other driver was responsible for threatening text messages he had received, even though he said he’d never met the man.

“He advised me he was going to kill the (other driver) if he caught up to him,” said Weddle. One bullet in Roark’s .38-caliber gun had been fired, and Weddle said Roark told him he had shot off a round earlier in the day at the intersection of Jasper Street and Grand Avenue to test whether the gun worked.

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


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