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DECATUR — A 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he pointed a BB rifle at a thrift store volunteer, demanded money from the till and beat up a patron who confronted him, police said.

Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll said officers were sent to DMH Thrift Store, 553 W. Wood St., on Tuesday afternoon on the robbery report. The volunteer told police a man entered the store, pointed what was thought to be a rifle at them and demanded money, Carroll said. A patron who confronted the suspect was struck in the face with the BB gun, and the suspect fled on foot without any money, Carroll said.

Officers found the man fleeing the area and arrested him on preliminary charges of aggravated battery, aggravated robbery and resisting/obstructing an officer, which are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.

The battery charge was elevated to aggravated because the incident was in a public place and a firearm was implied, Carroll said. The man was booked into the Macon County Jail in lieu of $100,000.


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