An Illinois dad has been arrested after he reportedly tried to run over a group of teens he believed was bullying his daughter.
According to WIBW.com, the father, identified as Roy Williams, 56, was arrested on Wednesday, July 29, after he jumped into his SUV and attempted to plow down a group of kids after his 13-year-old daughter got into a fight outside of Nelson Elementary School, near Charles and 15th Street.
Apparently, Roy’s daughter had gotten into a confrontation with another girl, and when she told her father what had happened, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Roy originally called the police to report the fight, but did not wait around for them to arrive to handle the situation. Rather, he threatened the kids with his cane before jumping into his vehicle to attempt to run them over.
In a video, which has since gone viral and was taken by Nathan Velez, Roy can be seen narrowly missing the first group of teens before speeding off at another group of children.
Velez and his friend, Trey Telfair, were hanging out at a nearby state park when they heard yelling coming from the elementary school. They decided to find out what was going on, and that is when Velez pulled out his phone to video Roy’s behavior.
“We came over to see what was going on. We heard there was a fight, and the next thing we know, her dad showed up,” Telfair said, according to WCMH-TV Columbus. “People saw it, so they started running.”
“I just knew we had to get out of the way before he hit one of us,” Velez said. “When I first saw him pull out the bat, I knew it was going to go somewhere, I knew he was trying to injure somebody.”
“He came around this way, where everyone was running to and he went down that way and reversed and that’s when he drove onto the grass,” he said.
“He was coming at us and he was revving his engine to speed up when he was getting close to people and when he got close to me I just jumped out of the way,” Telfair recalled.
Luckily, no one was hurt during the incident, and the vehicle missed all of the teens in its path.
Williams now faces 12 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle, aggravated assault of public property, reckless driving, and reckless conduct. He is currently remaining in custody with a $200,000 bail.
“It’s good to know you know he’s locked up and got what he deserved and he should have handled it more better instead of trying to hurt people,” Velez said.
[Photo via YouTube screenshot]