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Suburban man accused of attacking father

Published: Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 10:10 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — A southwest suburban man with a history of violence was denied bail in Cook County court Thursday after being charged with trying to strangle his 78-year-old father in their home.

A spokesman with the sheriff's office said Mark Williamson, 46, of the 9200 block of West 143rd Street in unincorporated Cook County near Orland Park, is charged with felony attempted first-degree murder and felony aggravated battery.

His father told police that Williamson attacked him while he was sitting at his desk Sunday afternoon, said Frank Bilecki, a spokesman for Sheriff Tom Dart.

"The father said there was nothing out of the ordinary, that he was aware, that provoked him," Bilecki said.

He told police his son began to strangle him, and when he struggled, his son struck his face against the floor multiple times, said the sheriff's office.

Eventually, Williamson stopped the attack and left the home, officials said. His father managed to call for help and was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, where he was treated for injuries to his face, neck and head.

After two days in the hospital, the father called to report the attack to police, and Williamson was arrested Tuesday at the home, where police said he was found huffing a can of compressed air in the basement.

Bilecki said the father has been released from the hospital, and because he feels his son is a threat to his life, the judge indicated that a no-contact order should be approved if Williamson's bond is altered at a later date.

"He truly believes if his son were to be released, his life would be in danger," Bilecki said of the father.

Williamson was previously charged with aggravated assault in March 2010 after he attacked his father in the same home while displaying a knife and a fake gun, Bilecki said. In that case, Williamson pleaded guilty and received one year of condition discharge, a form of probation, court records show.

Williamson's next court date is scheduled for Nov. 29 in Bridgeview.

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