Decatur police make arrest in armed robbery

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DECATUR - The Decatur Police Department has announced that one man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Thursday evening.

Decatur police say at about 6:15 p.m., an individual, allegedly armed with a pocket knife, entered Long John Silver's Restaurant, located in the 700 block of West Decatur Street, and demanded money from a cashier.  Police say the cashier did not comply with the demand, and that the individual allegedly unfolded the knife, displaying the blade, and began to come around the counter, resulting in the cashier fleeing from the area.

Decatur police then say the individual then confronted a drive-thru employee, allegedly pointing the knife at the employee and demanding money.  Police say the employee did not comply with this demand, but had dropped a $10 bill that he had been holding.  Police say the individual allegedly picked up the $10, and left the scene on foot.

Decatur police also say witnesses described the individual as a male wearing a large gray-colored hooded sweatshirt, and that plastic grocery bags were covering his feet.  Authorities say a man matching this description was stopped by officers on the north-west corner of Monroe Street and North Street, and was identified as Todd Tipton, 47.  During the stop, Decatur police officers say they found a folding pocket knife in Tipton's outer pocket.  Decatur police also say a gray-colored hooded sweatshirt was also found in the bushes of a home located in the 600 block of West North Street, and inside the sweatshirt was a $10 bill.

Decatur police say the cashier positively identified Tipton as the individual in the incident, and Tipton was taken into custody.  Additionally, officers say found a glass pipe near the scene, with residue that tested positive for the presence of cocaine.  Decatur police say Tipton allegedly admitted to using the pipe to smoke crack cocaine.  

Authorities say Tipton faces preliminary charges of armed robbery, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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