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Decatur man faces prostitution, robbery charges

Decatur man faces prostitution, robbery charges


DECATUR - A Decatur man faces both prostitution and robbery charges after he allegedly invaded another man's car and offered to perform a sex act before beating the victim and robbing him.

Sworn police statements say the crimes happened at 2:55 a.m. Friday as the victim was driving away from the Romantix Adult Emporium on the North 22nd Street. The suspect allegedly walked up to the car, opened the driver's door, and forced his way inside before crawling over the driver into the passenger seat.

The suspect first asked to be taken to a hospital and, when the driver refused, exposed himself to the victim and said he would engage in a sex act in return for $5. The driver again refused and told the suspect to get out of the car and, when he refused, the driver got out. But he was soon confronted by the suspect who demanded his wallet. The driver said he would not hand it over.

"(The suspect) responded by punching him in the left side of his face with a closed fist, causing the victim to fall to the ground," wrote Decatur patrolman Adam Siefman. "The victim advised the suspect got on top of him and punched him several times in the face with a closed fist."

The suspect had then grabbed the man's wallet and ran off and police later found his victim with his face "very swollen, bruised and bleeding." The suspect was later picked out of a photo lineup and arrested. He remains jailed on charges of robbery, vehicular invasion and prostitution.

The suspect is also facing a theft charge for a separate incident about 11 a.m. Friday when he allegedly visited a house on Cardinal Drive and asked the homeowner, whom he had done yard work for in the past, if he could borrow a pair of socks. The homeowner said he believed the suspect to be homeless and had helped him out previously.

While he was retrieving the socks, police allege the suspect stole the man's wallet which contained $60 in cash and credit cards.|421-7977



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