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DECATUR — A 50-year-old Decatur man faces preliminary aggravated battery and mob action charges after police said he and another man were caught on surveillance cameras attacking a 44-year-old man. 

The man was arrested early Sunday morning and was being held in the Macon County Jail on Monday in lieu of $50,000 bond. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. 

A signed police affidavit said the incident happened between 5:57 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. Aug. 4 in the 300 block of East Center Street. The victim was leaving an apartment complex when one of the men began shouting at him for no apparent reason, the affidavit said. 

Surveillance footage showed the arrested man coming from behind the victim and punching him in the back of the head, the affidavit said.

He continued to punch and kick the victim multiple times, the affidavit said, and the other suspect stayed nearby, "aggressively" communicated with the attacker and later began to grab and punch the victim. 

The victim was attacked again by the two men after struggling to stand up until a bystander stopped them. The two attackers then left the scene, the affidavit said. 

An arrest warrant has been issued for the second suspect.

The victim told police that he blacked out from the attack, and suffered two black eyes, facial swelling, a swollen lump on the back of his head, scraped and bloodied elbows, bruising to his lower back and a broken pair of glasses, the affidavit said. 

Police said the second half of the attack was also captured on a cellphone, which officers obtained a copy of, the affidavit said.

Photos: 2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR


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