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Man allegedly threatens group with semiautomatic handgun

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 9:55 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — DECATUR — An 18-year-old man was arrested Friday after he allegedly threatened to kill a group of four young men and two young women, brandished a semiautomatic handgun, aimed it at them and racked a bullet into the firing chamber.

Carlos E. Taylor Jr. was booked into the Macon County Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held on $300,000 bond, pending his arraignment.

A 19-year-old woman was traumatically threatened when Taylor allegedly “pointed his gun at her head while threatening to shoot her in the head if she didn’t stop running,” according to an affidavit by Decatur patrol officer Chad Reed.

The victims told police they were standing in front of the home of one of the victims in the 2100 block of East Cantrell Street, when a maroon Pontiac Bonneville drove by “very slowly” heading west. Each of the victims told police that males in the Pontiac “were shouting death threats at the victims and threatening to shoot them,” Reed wrote in his statement.

The Pontiac then stopped at the intersection of Cantrell and 21st streets at 9:25 p.m. Oct. 24.

“Carlos Taylor exited the vehicle and yelled something to the effect that he was going to kill them all,” the victims told police.

Taylor reportedly ran toward the group, “racked the slide of a black semiautomatic handgun,” pointed the gun at the group and continued to threaten to kill them.

“Each victim advised that they feared they would be shot and possibly killed as Carlos continued to make death threats while pointing the gun at them and chasing after them,” the affidavit states. “All the victims continued to run away until Carlos left the scene.”

In an unrelated case, Taylor is serving a 12-month conditional discharge term after he pleaded guilty to attempted obstructing justice in October in a case in which he ate a marijuana cigar to destroy evidence during a traffic stop.

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