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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2007


Police: man hit with rock, robbed

A man struck over the head with a rock woke to find his money stolen, Decatur police said Monday.

Pedro Alvarado Ramirez, 36, told police he was attacked in the parking lot near his apartment in the 300 block of Mockingbird Lane Southwest early Saturday, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Mathews said Ramirez told police a black male approached him and hit him in the head several times with either a brick or a rock, knocking him unconscious.

Ramirez woke late in the morning and found cash missing from his pants pocket, Mathews said.

Officers spoke with Ramirez at Decatur General Hospital, where he was receiving treatment for lacerations above his right eye and on the back of his head.

Further description of the robber was unavailable.

- Seth Burkett

Man stabbed while waiting for work

A man is recovering from three stab wounds suffered during an assault early Saturday, Decatur police said.

Police responded to a 911 call at 320 Cardinal Drive S.W., Apartment 23, and found Marcos Salicio, 36, bleeding heavily from his left arm, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Salicio told police he was waiting to go to work shortly after 5 a.m. when three Hispanic males walked up, Mathews said.

One of the men, about 5 feet 6 and heavyset, allegedly pulled out a large knife and stabbed the Salicio three times, Mathews said. The three men left in a red car.

Salicio suffered a puncture wound under his right arm and a puncture and small laceration to his left arm. He was taken by ambulance to Decatur General Hospital. His injuries did not appear life-threatening, Mathews said.

- Seth Burkett

Woman charged with offering sex

ATHENS — An Athens woman offering sex for money made the mistake of approaching someone working undercover for police.

Capt. Marty Bruce said Cherry Davita Bynum, 28, of 1305 Pruitt St. made the offer Friday on Hine Street. Police charged her with soliciting prostitution.

During prostitution stings in 2006, police arrested 13 people. Among the areas police targeted was Hine Street. Bruce has said prostitution is a major contributor to the drug trade in Athens. He said most prostitutes are drug addicts and use the money they receive to purchase drugs.

- Holly Hollman

Athens man says he was robbed of $3

ATHENS — An Athens man told authorities two people beat him for $3.

Limestone County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the 32-year-old man reported that the attack occurred while he was walking to Uncle Bud’s convenience store on Alabama 127 on Saturday night. The man said two unknown men approached him, attacked him and took his billfold, which contained $3.

Authorities had not made an arrest as of Monday.

- Holly Hollman

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