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Pittsfield police identify suspect arrested in stabbing case

Curtis Williams faces charges in connection with a weekend stabbing in Pittsfield.
Curtis Williams faces charges in connection with a weekend stabbing in Pittsfield.(WGEM)
Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 12:56 PM CST
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PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) - Pittsfield police have identified the man arrested Saturday in connection with a reported stabbing.

In a release issued Monday, Chief Michael Starman wrote that officers arrested 51-year-old Curtis Williams of Chambersburg, Ill. Starman also reported Pike County State’s Attorney Zack Boren has charged Williams with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon.

Additional charges are likely, Starman said. Bond has been set at $250,000, and Williams is due in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at 8:30.

Pittsfield officers responded Saturday night to the 100 block of West Adams Street, where Williams reportedly had stabbed a 61-year-old victim in the neck with a knife.

Williams was arrested at the scene. The victim was flown to St. John Hospital in Springfield, Ill. Officers recovered the knife used during the incident.

Williams once served as the police chief in Meredosia, Illinois. He was arrested in 2018 for putting a gun to the back of a woman’s head and threatening to shoot her. He pleaded guilty to domestic battery and aggravated assault in that case, and received jail time and probation. His probation ended April 21, 2021.

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