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Decatur police connect robberies

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

Detectives linked an older robbery case to the robbery of a man taken on a terrifying ride at knifepoint that left him stranded in the dark on a deserted road, Decatur police said Monday.

Police arrested Michael Gregory Marshall, 41, of 2661 Mud Tavern Road on two counts of first-degree robbery upon his release from Limestone County Jail, where he had been held on numerous traffic violations since his Sept. 12 apprehension by sheriff's deputies when he crashed a stolen vehicle, ending a 20-mile chase.

Marshall fled authorities in the vehicle he allegedly took from a friend, Carlos Adcock. Adcock, 72, was giving Marshall a ride home when Marshall pulled the pocketknife, took $175 cash from him and forced Adcock out of the vehicle at Mud Tavern Creek, said Sgt. Chris Jones.

Adcock had been lured into giving a ride to Marshall, who he'd known for 20 years, because he believed Marshall's pickup had broken down, Jones said.

Jones said investigators determined that wasn't the first time Marshall feigned car trouble to catch someone off guard.

On Jan. 30, 2006, 62-year-old Melvin Miller believed he was helping a stranded motorist when he gave Marshall a ride on Mud Tavern Road near Mud Tavern Creek.

During the ride, Marshall pulled out a pocketknife and robbed Miller of $400 cash, Jones said.

In both cases, the victims said Marshall had pressed his pocketknife against their necks and verbally threatened them.

After his capture in September, Marshall reportedly told deputies it was "nothing personal" — drugs made him do it.

Marshall remained in Morgan County Jail on Monday in lieu of $20,000 bond.

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