Blind Man Beaten for Not Getting Out of Elevator Quickly Enough, Police Say
Willie Williams, who told Joliet police he'd "do it again" if given the chance, was charged with aggravated battery to a handicapped person.
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.
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. The blind man was taken to Provena St. Joseph Medical Center and police headed over to the Holmes Houses, where both the beaten man and Williams live.
Officers spoke with Williams in his apartment. Williams admitted to knowing the man was legally blind, police said, and then boasted that he "would do it again" if the opportunity to punch him in the face arose again in the future.
Williams was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery to a handicapped person and taken to the Will County jail.