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DECATUR — A Decatur man told police he needed hospital treatment after his ex-roommate threw sugar into his eye during a dispute after the roommate came back to pick up his belongings.

A sworn statement from Decatur police quotes the 49-year-old victim as saying he was attacked Saturday afternoon at an address on West Burtschi Court. He told police he had the 25-year-old former roommate’s things waiting in the dining room but the man wanted to enter the bedrooms, and shoved the older man out of the way.

The statement said he then kept on walking around the home, followed by the victim, who was “continuously telling him to get out of the house.” When they got to the kitchen the ex-roommate opened the freezer — where the sugar was kept — and threw it into the other man’s face before walking out and leaving most of his belongings behind.

“(The victim) said it caused him discomfort ... he said his left eye continuously got worse over time,” according to the affidavit. “He said he went to Decatur Memorial Hospital for treatment Sunday morning due to his left eye swelling shut, causing him pain and causing him not to be able to see out of it.”

The affidavit said the man was still wearing his hospital bracelet when police interviewed him and his left eye was bloodshot.

Officers found and arrested the ex-roommate Wednesday morning and he was booked on a preliminary charge of domestic battery. Macon County Jail records show the man remained in custody Thursday night in lieu of posting bail set at $5,000.


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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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