JOINT MSP-SPRINGFIELD PD NEWS RELEASE
SWIFT ARREST MADE AFTER ASSAULT AT CASINO
September 10, 2018–Members of the Massachusetts State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit and Springfield Police Department’s Metro Unit arrested 27-year-old DEVON WILLIAMS of Springfield on Sunday evening following an assault and battery at the MGM Springfield Casino. Evidence suggests the assault was random, and may be connected to three other attacks in the city that occurred earlier in the day.
Springfield Police responded to three incidents yesterday, starting at approximately 3:40 p.m., in which a male suspect assaulted three victims at Grenada Terrace, Sumner Avenue, and Kimberly Avenue.
Around 4:40 p.m., a man later identified as WILLIAMS used a Main Street entrance to enter MGM Springfield and, without warning or provocation, assaulted an adult male from New York state. The victim was transported to Baystate Medical Center with serious injuries.
A member of MGM Security observed the license plate of the car in which the suspect fled the scene. Massachusetts State Troopers and Springfield Police Officers tracked down the car the suspect was driving and less than two hours later located him at an apartment on Chestnut Street, where he was arrested. WILLIAMS was taken to State Police-Springfield where he was booked on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot), assault to murder, and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury. He was held on $100,000 cash bail pending his expected arraignment today. Prosecutors were expected to seek a dangerous hearing to have him held.
The Springfield Police investigation into WILLIAMS’ potential connection to the earlier assaults in their city remains ongoing.