Man arrested for shooting mistletoe out of mall trees

Attempting to deck the halls with boughs of mistletoe landed a Decatur man in jail Sunday, police said.

According to a DeKalb police report obtained by the AJC, William E. Robinson, 66, was using a double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun to shoot non-homegrown holiday decor out of trees at North DeKalb Mall.

Drug or alcohol use is not suspected, police said.

A motorist saw Robinson shooting into trees near the Applebee's restaurant on Lawrenceville Highway at about 5:30 p.m. and beeped his horn at the man to get him to stop.

Robinson continued to collect mistletoe, a parasitic plant that grows high in hardwood trees. The motorist followed Robinson to a Citgo station on Scott Boulevard, where police apprehended him.

Robinson, according to the police report, expressed surprise at his arrest for reckless conduct and discharging a weapon. He told police he gathers mistletoe every year in a similar fashion, but not usually at the mall. He remained in the DeKalb jail Monday night on a total $1,000 bond.