Blind Man Attacked, Beaten For Not Getting Off Of Elevator Fast Enough

Posted on July 8, 2012


Willie Williams, who told Joliet police he’d “do it again” if given the chance, was charged with aggravated battery to a handicapped person.

Illinois (Joseph Hosey – Shorewood Patch) – A legally blind man was taken to the hospital with injuries he suffered at the hands of a man who beat him for not getting out of an elevator quickly enough, Joliet police said.

Willie Williams

And the blind man’s alleged attacker—57-year-old Willie Williams—bragged to officers when he was arrested that he “would do it again,” police said.

The 48-year-old legally blind man was with Williams and several others in the elevator of the 401 N. Bluff St. building of the John O. Holmes public housing project about 9:15 p.m. on the Fourth of July, police said.

The blind man didn’t exit the elevator fast enough for Williams’ liking and the two exchanged words, police said.

Williams then punched the blind man twice above his right eye, police said.

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