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Police: Man arrested after repeatedly attacking girlfriend during overnight ordeal in Decatur

Police: Man arrested after repeatedly attacking girlfriend during overnight ordeal in Decatur


DECATUR — Police said a man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he forced his girlfriend to remain at their shared residence, slapped her repeatedly, threatened to kill her and attempted to flee from police. 

A sworn affidavit said the woman drove to Decatur Police Headquarters on Sunday morning yelling, "He's going to kill me," while flagging down a police officer. She was signaling toward a black pickup truck driven by a 40-year-old man. The affidavit said the woman was crying, shaking and mostly unclothed.

An officer pursued and caught up to the truck, which drove through a red light and a stop sign before the officer lost sight of it, the affidavit said. The man was later taken into custody at his residence without incident, police said.

The affidavit said police spoke with the woman while officers searched for the man, and she told them that on Saturday morning her boyfriend woke her up while she was sleeping on the couch. The woman told police he yelled at her, slapped her repeatedly across the face and told her he would "teach her what it felt like to be kidnapped and raped." She also told police that every time she tried to leave he would push her back on the ground. Overnight, he slapped her several times and called her names, the affidavit said.

On Sunday morning, the affidavit said, the man poured soda on the woman, took off her clothes and said the only way she would leave the house would be "naked or dead." He later threatened her with a pair of pruning shears, the affidavit said, and she felt the man would kill her. She was able to run out a door to the backyard and get away in her vehicle. The man pursued her to the Macon County Law Enforcement Center, where he struck a parking pillar while attempting to ram her vehicle in the lower restricted parking lot, the affidavit said. He broke an access gate arm as he followed her out of the garage, the affidavit said, before she was able to get to police headquarters and summon help.

The man faces preliminary charges of aggravated assault, domestic battery, criminal damage to property under $500, unlawful restraint and aggravated fleeing/eluding a police officer. He was booked into the Macon County Jail on $75,000 bail and ordered to stay away from the woman and their residence if he makes bail.

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Contact Analisa Trofimuk at (217) 421-7985. Follow her on Twitter: @AnalisaTro


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