- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—DECATUR — A 19-year-old man was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, unlawful use of a weapon and drug possession after he struck a woman in the head with a BB pistol and threatened to kill her and another woman, according to Decatur police.

The victim told police she was attempting to visit a 25-year-old man about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at a residence in the Wabash Crossing neighborhood, but when she knocked on the door there was no response.

She then returned to the vehicle in which she had been driven to the residence, which was parked nearby.

“Once she reached the vehicle, she looked up and observed Ronnie (Ronald L. Junior) running toward her with a small black handgun located in his right hand,” said an affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Tamara Tucker.

Junior then said, “What the (expletive) are you (expletives) doing here?” and “I will kill you (expletives),” Tucker wrote in her statement. As Junior screamed at the women, he “was waving the gun around in her face the whole time.”

He then “struck her in the forehead, which caused her pain.”

The driver told essentially the same story.

She said she drove the victim to the residence and parked near the front door. The victim got out of the vehicle, knocked loudly on the door of the residence, then returned to the vehicle. When she returned to the vehicle, she sat down in the front passenger seat.

“Ronnie Junior ran out of the residence and over to the passenger side, flung the door open where (the victim) was seated.”

The woman then saw Junior waving a black handgun “back and forth in front of (the victim’s) face” and yelling at the victim. The witness saw Junior strike the victim in the forehead with the black handgun, she told police.

Junior was arrested at that address a short time later.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence. In a toilet tank, police found a bottle containing nine Klonopin pills, a controlled substance prescribed for anxiety. Junior told police he bought the pills from an unknown male about three weeks earlier.

Police found a black Phantom airsoft handgun in a bedroom closet. Its appearance was “consistent with the description of the handgun” reported by the two women, the affidavit said.

Junior is serving a 24-month probation term for a 2013 Macon County juvenile theft case. He has an active warrant for failing to appear in court in September 2013 in a Greene County, Mo., felony drug possession case.

Junior is being held in jail on $10,000 bond, pending his arraignment in circuit court Monday.

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