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DECATUR — An employee of a Decatur blood plasma donation clinic was punched in the head Sunday morning and dragged down a corridor by her hair by an angry would-be donor, police said.

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said a dispute started about 8:40 p.m. at CSL Plasma, 1021 N. Water St., when the 41-year-old staff member told the donor she was violating dress code by wearing a shirt that exposed her midriff.

Copeland said the 22-year-old donor later became angry when, after refusing to respond to the staff member, she was told she would not be seen that day.

“The suspect bumped (the staff person) on the chest with her chest, and then the suspect punched her in the left side of her face, causing pain,” Copeland said.

Copeland said the staff member tried to grab the woman to prevent her from landing more punches, but was grabbed by the hair and dragged down a hallway until other staff intervened and freed her.

Copeland said the donor then left the business and is now being sought by police on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery, which would be subject to review by the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Copeland said the victim suffered a bleeding wound from a broken false nail and had clumps of her hair pulled out.

A call to CSL Plasma seeking comment about the incident was not immediately returned Monday.

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