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Decatur police say man put a knife to 10-year old girl's throat


Decatur police are looking for a man they said threatened a 10-year-old girl with a knife while fleeing police.

Lt. John Crouch said a plaincothes officer in an unmarked car tried to pull over Zachary Zikimo Mitchell, 26, last Friday after the officer recognized him driving on Spring Avenue; he had several outstanding warrants for misdemeanor charges. Mitchell got out of the car and ran away. Other officers and a K-9 unit were called in, but they could not find Mitchell.

Investigators said Mitchell came upon kids playing in a backyard along Pineview Drive. The girl tried to run, but Mitchell jumped the fence, grabbed her, put a knife to her throat and told her he would kill her if she told the police.Then, he ran off again. Police tried to find him a second time, but could not. Police said the girl was physically unharmed.

Since the incident Friday, the Decatur Police Department has put out warrants on Mitchell for dealing drugs as part of a separate investigation.

"Traditionally, when we have warrants on an individual, we don't make that information public. We simply try to find them before they realized they're wanted. However, in this case, because of his actions, because of what he's done, we feel it's important to get the information out to the public, and we certainly ask for the public's assistance," Crouch said.

Anyone who knows Mitchell's whereabouts is encouraged to call Decatur Police at 256-341-4660.

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