Video of Dad trying to mow down teens with SUV as they run for their lives only tells part of story, says cop

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Roy WilliamsA father who said he was only defending his daughter was arrested after being caught on video chasing a group of teenagers in his SUV.

Roy Williams Jr., 56, was seen driving his Dodge Durango onto a lawn near Nelson Elementary School in Rockford, Ill., at a group of teens, apparently in retaliation for a fight his daughter was in Wednesday night, according to WIFR.

According to police, Williams first threatened two girls with his cane, but when they ran away he got into his Durango and took off into the crowd of teens.

“I just knew we had to get out of the way before he hit one of us,” Nathan Velez, 15, who shot the video, told WIFR. “When I first saw him pull out the bat I knew it was going to go somewhere, I knew he was trying to injure somebody.”

Rockford Police Assistant Deputy Chief Doug Pann said the video is a big help.

“It was very helpful to identify who the suspect was, but it doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story,” he told WIFR. “We have to take a look at it and then talk to the people who were there.”

Williams has been charged with 12 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle, aggravated assault on public, reckless driving, reckless conduct,  and assault.

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