Wilmington Mayor Stops Assault During Community Walk

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013  |  Updated 8:58 PM EDT
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Mayor Stops Assault During Community Walk

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Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams

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Officials say the mayor of Wilmington, Del. intervened when he saw an apparent assault occurring while he was taking part in a community walk.

Police and an aide say Mayor Dennis P. Williams saw a man attacking a woman on North French Street Thursday afternoon.

Police spokesman Cpl. Jamaine Crawford says Williams stepped in. Mayoral aide Stephen Williams, who was also on the walk, says the mayor cornered the man.

Crawford and Stephen Williams, who is not related to the mayor, say the man took a defensive stance against the mayor.

That's when Master Cpl. Anthony Easterling, who is on the mayor's security detail, responded to the situation.

The mayor, who is a former police officer, said he had to step in and help.

“A man was assaulting a woman on the street in broad daylight. As a father, husband and son, I had to take action," he said in a statement. "Domestic violence is an issue, we as a people, should not tolerate, under any circumstance."

Police say the man fled, but Easterling caught him.

The man has been charged with assault.

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