DECATUR — Facebook was used to track down a suspect accused of knocking out a worker of a gas station near downtown Decatur, police said. 

Police in a sworn affidavit said the 31-year-old employee of Circle K, 1089 W. Eldorado St., went outside June 5 to speak with a customer about a vehicle. 

Court documents said a suspect in the driver's seat of a black Cadillac Escalade asked the victim to come over to look at his dashboard. After approaching the vehicle, the worker was struck in the head and fell to the ground, police said. 

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The affidavit said a police officer saw a Facebook Live video on the suspect's page showing footage matching the victim's statement. Documents say the video showed the suspect's face, helping officers identify the 25-year-old, the affidavit said. Surveillance footage at Circle K also captured the incident.

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Police said in the affidavit the victim had a large swollen area on the left side of his head and several scratches on his left arm.

The suspect was arrested at 9 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of South Franklin Street and booked into the Macon County Jail. He is facing a preliminary charge of aggravated battery, which is subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.

Bond was set at $30,000, which the suspect posted.

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