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DECATUR — Police say a 43-year-old man is facing a preliminary charge of aggravated robbery after demanding a bartender's phone and threatening to shoot him at a Decatur bar in the early hours of Monday morning.

Sgt. Chris Copeland said officers were sent to the Winery, 1093 W. Main St., at 1:12 a.m. after witnesses called to say a man was threatening to shoot the bartender.

The 32-year-old victim told officers the suspect arrived around midnight, became very intoxicated and asked to use his phone, Copeland said. When the bartender refused, the 43-year-old suspect got angry and demanded the phone.

The bartender and witnesses told police the suspect put his hands in his pockets as if he were reaching for a gun, Copeland said. The suspect repeatedly told the bartender he was going to shoot him, the victim told police.

Copeland said officers searched the 43-year-old, and he was unarmed. The suspect was booked into Macon County Jail and is facing a preliminary felony charge of aggravated robbery and a preliminary misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He is being held in lieu of $10,000.

A bartender at the restaurant Tuesday night said no one was immediately available to comment.

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