DPD arrests man for robbery, obstruction

By Lauren Estes-Velez

Hartselle Enquirer

The Morgan County 911 center received a call of a robbery at the Dollar General on Beltline Road in Decatur Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. – which later led to the arrest of a man with prior warrants.

According to authorities, the caller advised that a man came into the business and produced a shotgun, demanding money. Employees at the business complied and gave the man money out of the register, according to the caller. The suspect then left the store.

The Decatur Police Department’s Patrol Division responded to the scene, as well as the Decatur Police Department’s K-9 Unit and Violent Crimes Unit. K-9 partner Baron was able to pick up a scent and track it to a nearby residence.

Officers found J.C. Denota Nicholas at the residence and determined he matched the description of the suspect.

J.C. Denota Nicholas was arrested Nov. 20 in Decatur. Nicholas was charged with robbery in the first degree. He was also charged with obstructing justice by using a false identity.

Subsequent to the investigation, Nicholas had prior warrants through the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, and officers said he lied about his identity in order to avoid arrest.

Nicholas was booked in the Morgan County Jail on a $72,500 bond.

Robbery in the first degree is a Class A felony, while obstructing justice by using a false identity is a Class C felony.

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