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Police: Man faces charges after threatening to hurt Decatur officer, assault his relatives

Police: Man faces charges after threatening to hurt Decatur officer, assault his relatives

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DECATUR — A 26-year-old man is facing preliminary charges after threatening to sexually assault various relatives of an officer and to beat him up, police say.

Sgt. Chris Copeland said at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, officers were conducting a traffic stop at Webster and Lawrence streets when a man started running at a "dead sprint" southbound toward the officers.

The suspect arrived appearing intoxicated and told the cops to get off his block, Copeland said.

Copeland said while an officer was completing paperwork, another person approached the traffic stop, causing the suspect to get angry, take off his shirt and approach the man with closed fists.

Officers ordered the 26-year-old several times to leave, but the suspect refused because he couldn't find his sweatshirt, Copeland said. Police ordered him to leave several more times, and the man again told the officers to get off of his block.

Copeland said officers arrested the man for resisting/obstructing since police had turned their focus to the suspect rather than the traffic stop.

While en route to the Macon County Jail and during booking, Copeland said, the man threatened to sexually assault the officer's relatives and told the officer he would beat him up after being released from jail.

The 26-year-old is facing preliminary charges of threatening public officials and resisting or obstructing officers. Charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond.

Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites

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