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DECATUR — Police said a Decatur employee unhappy about his work assignment beat his boss to the ground and threatened to kill him.

A sworn affidavit from Macon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chad Wayne said the violence broke out around 6:30 a.m. Saturday at Goedecke, a construction supplies firm at 4250 North Illinois 48.

Wayne said the victim, a supervisor, had been handing out work assignments to drivers and the 56-year-old employee “became upset” that he wasn’t being paired with a particular driver.

“(The victim) stated he had started to make a phone call to his boss when (the employee) punched him on the left side of his head near his left ear,” Wayne said.

“He stated the blow caused him to fall to the ground. When he attempted to get up, the employee punched him again on the left side of his face, causing him to fall again. He stated that the employee then threatened to get a gun and kill him.”

Other witnesses said they heard the employee yelling at the victim to get up and fight him and threatening to “put a boot on him” if he didn’t get up again.

Wayne said the victim suffered two cuts to his left ear and a cut inside his left cheek. “And he complained he had also possibly broken a tooth and his jaw was in pain,” the deputy added.

The employee was arrested and booked on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office. The man is free after posting $15,000 bond; he is barred from contact with the victim and is not to visit the business.

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