Police: Mayor Williams intervened in violent assault

By Tom Lehman 6:52pm, September 26, 2013 - Updated 11:21pm, September 26, 2013
Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams took crime fighting into his own hands Thursday after police say he tried to stop a violent domestic assault that occurred in broad daylight on a city street.

WDEL's Tom Lehman reports...

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Police said Williams and MCpl. Anthony Easterling, who is a member of the mayor's security detail, were walking on the 1300 block of N. French Street when they they came upon a violent assault occurring on the block.

"The mayor stepped in and attempted to intervene when the male subject was physically assaulting the female subject," said Cpl. Jamaine Crawford, a Wilmington police spokesman.

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Crawford said the man, 22-year-old Alfonzo Ricketts, took a defensive stance against the mayor.

"From what was described, he got into a what they call a 'karate kid' stance," he said.

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However, Ricketts didn't land any karate chops on Williams because he fled after Easterling stepped in.

Ricketts ran down W. 14th St. and was pursued by Easterling, who advised assisting officers to arrive in the area.

The mayor's security officer then used a Taser against Ricketts in the area of W. 14th St. and Clifford Brown Walk.

Williams said he needed to do something when he saw the alleged assault. He wasn't injured during the incident.

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

Ricketts faces charges of assault and resisting arrest and is being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $5,000 bail.

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