Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lincoln Park Man "Beaten For 20 Minutes" In Near North Garage, Prosecutors Say

Williams (inset) is accused of beating a Lincoln Park man for 20 minutes in this Near North Side parking garage
A 59-year-old Lincoln Park man sustained a 20-minute-long beating at the hands of a would-be robber in a Near North Side parking garage last Tuesday, police said. A suspect has been charged.

Aaron Williams of Crete, IL, confronted the victim and tried to take away his computer bag in the parking garage above Dave & Busters, 1030 North Clark Street around 6 p.m., police said.

Williams then knocked the man to the ground and “viciously and brutally beat and kicked the victim about the face and head with fists and feet for approximately 20 minutes,” according to prosecutors.

Surveillance video captured images of Williams going through the victim’s pants pockets and taking the man's laptop—which Williams then used to further beat the man, prosecutors said.

Cops reported that while they were speaking with firemen, Williams—wearing a “blood-soaked white tee shirt and blue denim jeans” approached them and blurted out, “I beat him with my fists.”

The admission was captured on police body and in-car cameras, the officers said.

Williams is charged with two counts of aggravated battery and criminal damage to property. Bail is set at $100,000.

Police said the victim was hospitalized with severe head trauma and internal bleeding.
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