Law and Order, Gary
April 25, 2013 9:32AM
Man found guilty of battery on girlfriends
Twice in less than two years, Kenneth Williams was the passenger in his (different) girlfriends’ cars when they argued and he tried to take keys from the ignition.
Both women filed police reports and sought charges against the 61-year-old Midtown man.
After bench trials in both matters Wednesday, Gary City Court Judge Deidre Monroe found him guilty of battery, criminal mischief and conversion, and ordered him to serve two consecutive years in jail.
“I am not a batterer,” Williams insisted as he testified in the second trial. “It’s not that I go around jumping on my girlfriends.”
On Aug. 6, 2011, police arrested Williams after Shirlene Newbern, 57, told him to stop cursing as they rode in her car, court records state. He grabbed her keys and struck her hand.
Then on Feb. 28, Williams was a passenger in Virgie Brown’s car when they argued about how much of her NIPSCO bill he would pay. They were living together, Williams said.
She drove to the police station, but was going the wrong way on West 6th Avenue when Patrolman Anthony Boleware stopped the car.
Boleware testified Brown was crying and he saw a bruise on her face that she said Williams caused. Boleware arrested him.
Williams said he agreed when Brown said she was going to the police. “I said OK, I didn’t think I had done anything wrong,” he testified.
Man with knife attacked twice
Investigators say the same man who stabbed a clerk at the Cricket store in Black Oak on Monday is also a suspect in a similar crime April 18 at the Truckers World Adult Store just a few doors down on West 25th Avenue.
About 2:45 a.m., the 62-year-old clerk told police a customer came in to the business and used the restroom, then came out and pointed a knife. Ronald Lamb said he put his arms up to protect himself, but the assailant cut his right arm.
On Tuesday, 21-year-old Tadros Sultan said the suspect entered the store, left and returned with a knife. Sultan was cut on his leg, arm and face.
Witnesses told police the suspect is a tall, thin black man with effeminate mannerisms.
Anyone with information about the suspect can call Sgt. Dan Callahan at 881-7545.