Arrest Made After Alleged Attempt to Run Over Teens [VIDEO]
An arrest has been made after a report of a man allegedly attempting to run over a group of teens with his car on Rockford's east side.
According to a press release, officers responded to the 600 block of 15th Street around 7 p.m. on Wednesday night for a report of a man in a vehicle trying to run people over. Upon arrival, 56-year-old Roy Williams, a neighborhood resident, was detained from his vehicle parked near the intersection.
An investigation revealed that Williams' 13-year-old daughter had been involved in a fight with other juveniles in the area of Nelson Elementary School. Once Williams learned of the incident, he returned to the area in his vehicle to locate the other parties to the fight. When he arrived, Williams allegedly threatened bodily harm to two 14-year-old girls that were in the group. They ran and he chased after them in his vehicle.
At that point, police say Williams drove his vehicle off the roadway and accelerated toward a group of 12 juveniles who were on the sidewalk at the school. The children were able to flee from the vehicle and no one was injured; however, Mr. Williams then also called the police to report the initial fight.
The investigation into the initial fight did not result in any charges and the fight did not result in injuries. Officers did arrest Williams. He's been charged with Aggravated Assault with a Vehicle (12 counts), Aggravated Assault on Public Property (12 counts), Assault (2 counts), Reckless Driving, and Reckless Conduct.
The charges against Mr. Williams are merely accusations and he should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Here's a video that apparently shows a portion of the incident:
WATCH: Dramatic cell phone video shows a car nearly running over kids outside Nelson Elementary in Rockford.(Video Courtesy of Nathan Velez)
Posted by Eyewitness News on Thursday, July 30, 2015