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Apartment complex site of weekend violence

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

Violence at a Southwest Decatur apartment complex kept police busy last weekend.

At least five complaints of attacks on residents of Sandlin Villas, 324 Cardinal Drive S.W., were among reports released by Decatur police Monday.

Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman, said one resident suffered a dangerous gash on the underside of his arm at about 5 a.m. Saturday.

DeButy said a crowd had gathered outside the apartments and people were drinking.

The victim, a 40-year-old male, told police a man he didn't know cut him with a broken bottle after he refused to give the man a beer, DeButy said.

Officers arrived to find blood all over the parking lot and vehicles. An ambulance took the 40-year-old to Decatur General Hospital.

"He's gonna survive, but he lost a ton of blood," DeButy said.

A 30-year-old man told police he had been assaulted and robbed of about $300 cash by the same man who allegedly cut the 40-year-old, DeButy said.

The previous night, a 17-year-old told police a carload of men robbed him as he walked through the parking lot of the apartment complex at about 8 p.m.

DeButy said the teen, who suffered a head wound, told officers that the men began hitting him in the face and one snatched the wallet from his back pocket.

The attackers allegedly left in a green Toyota Tacoma, DeButy said.

The teen tried to walk to a hospital and made it as far as Beltline Road, DeButy said.

At about 10 p.m. Friday, two roommates got into a fight and one allegedly cut the other on the head with a knife, DeButy said.

The victim, a 33-year-old male, was taken by ambulance to Decatur General Hospital.

Also, police called to the apartments at about 10:30 p.m. arrived to see about 20 Hispanic males running from a parking lot, DeButy said.

Officers found an 18-year-old lying on the ground with several other men standing around him.

The 18-year-old male told
police he had been assaulted by a "big black man," DeButy said.

Officers spoke with a 17-year-old at the scene who told them the 18-year-old had smashed the windshield of the 17-year-old's car with a traffic cone, DeButy said.

An ambulance took the 18-year-old male to Decatur General Hospital for treatment. Police advised the other teen of warrant procedures, DeButy said.

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