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DECATUR — Police said a Decatur man who was angry he couldn’t get accepted for mental health treatment at a hospital vented his rage by smashing windows in a downtown bank and church with thrown rocks and chunks of concrete.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said the 28-year-old man shattered the windows around 9:30 p.m. Monday at First Mid Bank and Trust, 455 N. Main St., and St. John’s Episcopal Church, 130 W. Eldorado St.

“When asked why he damaged the windows, he advised HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital refused to accept him for mental health treatment because he was not suicidal or homicidal,” said Officer Alec Schwerman in the affidavit.

“(The man) said this made him angry so he began breaking windows.”

Schwerman said immediately having caused the damage, the man called up police to tell them what he had done. “He even accurately described the extent of the damage to the windows,” Schwerman added.

He said an assistant manager at the bank told police the business would not press charges pending authorization from the bank manager. But a member of the church staff did want to make a criminal complaint and estimated the glass damaged there would cost between $300 and $400 to replace.

Asked by the Herald & Review about the man’s comments about St. Mary’s, hospital spokesman Andrew Dilbeck released this statement: “Due to patient privacy laws we cannot provide information on a particular individual. However, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital takes behavioral health emergencies very seriously. We thoroughly examine patients for both physical and mental needs when they arrive at the hospital by way of EMS, first responders or by their own means.”

The man was booked on a preliminary charge of criminal damage to property and remained held in the Macon County Jail Tuesday night in lieu of posting $3,000 bond. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.


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

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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