Police say Decatur gay bar patrons were robbed by another customer


DECATUR — Local media reported Tuesday that the person who robbed two people outside Ken’s A-Frame earlier this month was another customer at the bar.

The Decatur Herald-Review reported that video surveillance showed the 35-year-old suspect leaving the bar just seconds after the two victims. According to a police affidavit, the suspect had been arrested the night of the robbery on an outstanding warrant. The suspect had reportedly confessed to the robbery to another prisoner while in jail. Decatur police detective Scott Hastings said the affidavit that the suspect knew details of the crime that had not been released to the public.

From the Herald-Review:

The suspect was booked on a preliminary charge of aggravated robbery. He also was booked on a preliminary charge of forgery after police connected him with an attempt to pass a forged $100 bill at a Decatur business Oct. 12.

A sworn affidavit in the forgery case said the man still had the fake bill in his possession when he was booked into to the jail after being arrested on the outstanding warrant.

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office. He was being in held in the jail Monday in lieu of $62,000 bail.

Staff at Ken’s A-Frame praised the work of the police and said they were thrilled with the resolution of events. They said in a message to the Eagle that they are happily welcoming people back. Michael Cox, a bartender at the business, told the Herald-Review the suspect was familiar and banned from the property.