Wilmington DE Feb 5 2016 A 46-year-old Wilmington man has been charged with assault following a fight at a Christiana Mall bus stop during which he stabbed a civilian victim and a responding Delaware State Police Trooper, authorities announced Thursday.
According to police, officers dispatched to 100 Christiana Mall for reports a male had been cut during an altercation learned upon arrival that Richard J. Williams Jr. had been at the bus stop when, for unknown reasons, he began chasing the victim with a large, serrated kitchen knife.
The initial victim fled the scene uninjured, but a second, 22-year-old victim then targeted by Williams was not so lucky, police said. Williams reportedly swung the knife at the victim, cutting his hand and wrist, before being surrounded by mall security staff.
Security members corralled Williams away from other potential victims until Troopers arrived.
He was ordered to drop his knife, police said, an order with which he refused to comply. He would flee from officers, then turn on them and lunge when they approached him, police said.
A joint effort between state and New Castle County Police allowed authorities to take Williams into custody at this point, following a brief struggle. One officer who suffered minor injuries in the struggle received treatment at Christiana Hospital before being released.
The 22-year-old victim was also transported by ambulance to the same hospital, where he was treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. It is not believed the victim was specifically targeted in this incident, police said.
William was also transported to the hospital for treatment. After his release, he was charged with second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony, two counts aggravated menacing, resisting arrest, offensive touching of a law enforcement officer, and disorderly conduct. He was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $73,050 cash bond.