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DECATUR — A Decatur man who said he tried to fight off a knife-wielding robber suffered a slash wound to his arm early Sunday that needed 14 stitches to close, police said.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said the 35-year-old victim said he had been accosted in the 300 block of West Prairie Avenue after attending Decatur Celebration. Copeland said the victim was intoxicated and vague on times, suggesting the assault happened anywhere from around midnight to 5 a.m.

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He said the robber demanded money and threatened him with a pocket knife which didn’t frighten the victim. “He didn’t see the man as a threat and attempted to take the knife from him,” said Copeland. “He ended up with a 5- to 6 inch-long and pretty deep cut in his left bicep.”

Despite the bleeding, gaping wound, the victim waited several hours before seeking help and then showed up at a friend’s house because his arm was “starting to hurt.” Copeland said police were finally called and arrived to interview him at 8:08 a.m.

The robber is described as a black male, 40-50 years old, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10 inches tall, afro-style hair, and was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Photos: 2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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