Convicted Decatur vandal jailed on new charges, police report

DECATUR -- Convicted serial downtown Decatur vandal Travis C. Stewart has been at it again, according to Decatur police. This time he is charged with five preliminary counts of criminal damage after he is accused of smashing windows and causing other destruction at targets ranging from St.

Patrick School to various downtown businesses and other locations. Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll with the Decatur Police Department said patrol officers had been on alert after reports of damage started coming in Thursday morning.

Carroll said officers found and arrested the 38-year-old Stewart on Friday.

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He has a long track record of causing expensive trouble in and around the city's downtown area. In 2019 he was sentenced to 24 months of probation after pleading guilty to criminal defacement of property: Stewart had spray-painted the word "Traitor" in the lobby of the DPD headquarters and the Macon County Courthouse. A plea deal in that case had also encompassed painting messages on the Heritage Behavioral Health Center and on a building at the Decatur Memorial Hospital campus; Stewart had also smashed windows and filled locks with glue at the Decatur Bicycle Shoppe, 1230 E.

Pershing Road.

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Stewart was in trouble again by the summer of 2020: He was accused of smashing windows in both the Decatur Civic Center and the Keil Building administrative offices of the Decatur School District on July 4; police also had suspected him of smashing windows in the Transfer House and the downtown Salvation Army headquarters. He was further charged with following that up the next night by slashing 20 car tires on vehicles parked downtown. An earlier charge said he had also slashed the tires on a Macon County Sheriff's Office squad car.

At first found not mentally fit to stand trial, Stewart was later judged well enough to be prosecuted. In November 2020 he took a plea deal that saw more than 10 criminal damage charges against him dismissed. Appearing in Macon County Circuit Court, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting to a charge of violating his probation.

Now jailed again, his bail is set at £8,500, requiring him to post a bond of £850 to be freed. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the office of the state's attorney.

Updated mugshots from the Herald & Review

Joseph A. Williams

Joseph A.

Joseph A. Williams faces preliminary charges of aggravated resisting a peace officer, obstruction of justice, possession of machine gun and weapon by a felon, aggravated discharge of a weapon and unlawful use of weapon, and attempted murder of a peace officer in connection with the shooting of a Decatur police officer on Jan.

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William A. Hosea

William A.

William A. Hosea faces preliminary charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and endangering the life of a child in connection with the Jan.

6 shooting of a 3-year-old child. READ MORE

Randolph Hayes

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Randolph Hayes is pleading not guilty to a charge of burglary. Prosecutors allege he stole a landline phone and then tried to sell it back to the victim.

He was on parole at the time after having been convicted of an earlier burglary offense. 


Byron D. Theus

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Jetrevius O. Jarrett

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Jetrevius O.

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Emmanuel White

Emmanuel White

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Aaron L. Hand

Aaron L.

Aaron L. Hand, 33, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Jan.

20 after pleading guilty to a charge of committing aggravated kidnapping while armed with a knife. The case dates to Jan.

13, 2021, when Hand, a registered sex predator, tried to abduct a female customer of the Macon gas station where he was then working. 

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977.

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