Woman fights off attacker on Gary street
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org | 648-3154 December 21, 2012 6:08PM
Updated: January 23, 2013 6:08AM
GARY — A woman fought off an assailant attempting to rape her as she walked down a city street Wednesday afternoon.
A former Gary police officer who now works for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department captured Kimus Derrell Williams, 19, a short time later in the 200 block of West 15th Avenue.
Williams has been charged with attempted rape, criminal confinement, sexual battery, battery resulting in bodily injury and resisting police.
The woman told police she was walking from a library at 19th Avenue and Broadway and turned down 17th Avenue when she noticed a man running behind her. She continued to walk away and said the man grabbed her from behind at 17th Avenue and Jackson Street. She told police she pushed him away but he grabbed her again and got on top of her and unzipped her coat. She said he unbuttoned her pants and started to pull them down when she kicked him and reached for her phone to call 911.
She said the man grabbed the phone, then threw it and kicked her in the face. When she called 911 on another phone in her coat, the suspect ran down 17th Avenue. The woman chased him.
Former Gary Deputy Chief Thomas Branson, who is now project director for the county sheriff’s Violence Intervention Program, saw a black male running from him across Froebel Park. Branson said he began chasing the man as other officers in squad cars attempted to cut the suspect off. Branson said the man continued to run until he reached the 200 block of West 15th Avenue. Branson ordered the man to show his hands and as the man appeared to run again, he deployed his stun gun.
The woman identified the man in custody in a Gary squad car as her assailant. She also complained of a bruise on her face.