Man attacked librarians and 77-year-old library patron with metal bookend, prosecutors say in attempted murder filings

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CHICAGO — A Chicago man faces attempted murder charges after he allegedly attacked two Chicago Public Library workers and a 77-year-old library patron with a metal bookend. Prosecutors said two of the victims suffered skull fractures.

Accused of the crime is 26-year-old Calvin Williams, a man we first told you about in February 2021 after he kicked a four-year-old boy in the face at the Belmont CTA station in Lakeview. He got a four-year prison sentence for that attack.

The library attack occurred at the Martin Luther King Branch, 3436 South King Drive, on the morning of May 6. 

Prosecutors said Williams first attacked a 52-year-old woman, striking her in the face, head, and body with the metal bookend, causing a deep laceration on the top of her head. The woman, listed as a library clerk in a city personnel database, suffered a skull fracture, a broken hand, and a broken jaw, according to prosecutors.

Williams then turned his attention to a 77-year-old man visiting the library, prosecutors said. He allegedly struck the man with the bookend and punched him in the face, knocking out a tooth. Prosecutors said the man received a deep cut on his head and a laceration on his hand.

Finally, Williams attacked a 51-year-old woman identified as a librarian in city payroll records. He punched her repeatedly in the face, causing a bruised jaw and chipping two of her teeth, then fled the scene, prosecutors alleged.

The first Chicago police officers to arrive reported finding three “severely injured” victims in the library, all of whom were taken to hospitals. They radioed a description of the suspect, and other officers arrested Williams in the 3600 block of South Indiana after witnesses confirmed that he was the attacker, according to a CPD report.

Prosecutors charged him with two counts of attempted murder, eight counts of aggravated battery, and two misdemeanor counts of resisting police. Judge Lindsay Huge detained him at the state’s request.

A library spokesperson did not reply to an email seeking information for this story.

In February 2021, Williams was arrested after he kicked a young boy who was riding the Brown Line with his mother. When the doors opened at Belmont, the woman noticed two men fighting on the platform, and she looked out to see what was going on, prosecutors said.

At that point, Williams allegedly walked onto the train car and kicked her 4-year-old son in the face. The mother struck Williams on his shoulder and continued hitting him until police arrived to break them up, authorities said. Officers took Williams into custody.

An ambulance took the boy to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was given pain medication, but he did not appear to have severe injuries, according to prosecutors. Williams eventually pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery causing bodily harm to a child under 13 years old in exchange for a four-year sentence.

He has four other felony convictions, including two for burglary and one for a 2015 hate crime, prosecutors said.

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