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DECATUR — Police on Friday arrested a 45-year-old man accused of beating and robbing a deaf man at a house near North Morgan Street and East Garfield Avenue in May.

The 45-year-old man faces a preliminary aggravated robbery charge, which is subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. He was being held in the Macon County Jail on $50,000 bond Monday.

A sworn police affidavit said that on May 4 the victim was lured into the house by an unknown man who “asked him if he wanted to smoke.” Once inside, the victim, 45, was punched and kicked by three men, the affidavit said.

They ripped his hearing aids, valued at $1,000, out of his ears, and the victim said a 43-year-old man, who he recognized, grabbed him by his shirt collar, put an object he believed was a gun to the side of his head and demanded money, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said the other three men pulled down the victim's pants and stole a total of $650 from his pockets and his wallet, along with his house keys and cell phone. After the robbery, the victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for scrapes on his knees and pain in his abdomen, face and knees, the affidavit said.

Police said the victim identified the 45-year-old man as one of his attackers from a photo lineup July 8. Two other men who accused of taking part in the robbery have been arrested as well.

Adrian E. Batts, 28, and Brian O. Cunningham, 43, both have been charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery and mob action. Batts has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $85,000 bond with a pretrial hearing set for July 30. Cunningham, who is accused of being the gunman, has not entered a plea, is free on $100,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 8.


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

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