Man charged with attacking Walgreens employees was on bail for battering elderly men in Lakeview

Update September 30, 2021: Travoughntay Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a merchant in exchange for a sentence of 24 months probation, according to court records. Judge Peggy Chiampas oversaw the case and sentenced Williams.

A man who was on bail for allegedly battering two elderly men in Lakeview last winter is charged with dragging a Walgreens employee by her hair and threatening another store employee with a butcher knife in Streeterville this week.

Police who responded to the store at 201 East Huron around 8 a.m. Tuesday searched the area for a suspect and arrested 33-year-old Travoughntay Williams nearby.

Travoughntay Williams | CPD

Prosecutors said a Walgreens employee recognized Williams from a previous incident and asked him to leave the premises after he collected some merchandise. Instead, Williams punched the woman in her head and chest, then dragged her down an aisle by her hair, according to allegations laid out in bond court on Wednesday.

Williams then pulled out a butcher knife to ward off a security guard, prosecutors said. The female victim reportedly suffered a swollen face, knee pain, and blurred vision.

Prosecutors charged Williams with aggravated battery of a merchant and aggravated assault. 

On December 30, police arrested Williams after he allegedly battered another resident of the Lakeview YMCA, 3333 North Marshfield. Williams was released on a recognizance bond on January 1. 

One week later, Williams allegedly cornered two elderly residents of the YMCA and battered them in an apparent robbery attempt, according to Chicago police records. Prosecutors charged Williams with two felony counts of aggravated battery of persons over age 60 and criminal damage to property. Williams was again released on bail.

On Wednesday, Judge John Lyke ordered Williams held without bail for violating the terms of a bail bond he received in the January case. Lyke also set bail on the Walgreens case at $100,000.

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