By Alexis R. Milan
A man who tried to defend his daughter from a group of men who were making catcalls at her was brutally beaten over the weekend on Southern Foreshore. The man remains hospitalized.
Oscar Williams, 42, was walking with his 13-year-old daughter along Southern Foreshore on Saturday afternoon near an abandoned building, when they passed a group of about six young-men. As they passed by, the men started making catcalls at the teenage girl..
Williams, offended by the gestures, approached the group and spoke to them them, defending his daughter. But the young men did not take kindly to his rebuke and attacked him.
Williams’ daughter, on seeing her father approach the men, ran home just a short distance away. But by the time she and her mother reached the scene along with her sister, Williams’ had already been badly beaten and was left on the street, battered and bruised.
When the girl’s mother reached the scene, Williams was bleeding from his head and mouth. According to his wife, Yolanda Williams, she called the police and they took Williams to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Williams said when she found her husband he did not remember anything and could not recognize his family. Williams said they were told that the blows he received damaged his brain, casuing it to swell and lead to his memory loss.
Williams said her husband has had brief moments of consciousness and has been able to recognize his daughters and his mother. But when he is awake, he still feels like he is fighting with the young men, and that causes him to be aggressive.
No one has been arrested in connection with the assault and police say have no leads, even though there were people in the area who saw what happened.