CHESTERFIELD, Mich. (TCD) -- A 55-year-old man was charged this week after he allegedly killed a 57-year-old news anchor with a hammer, stabbed the victim’s girlfriend, and locked a 10-year-old in a closet.
In a press conference, Chesterfield Police Director of Public Safety Brian Bassett provided more details about the attack, saying a 35-year-old woman suffering from stab wounds escaped a home with her 5-year-old daughter. Police and fire officials rendered aid to the woman, and as other officers went inside, they located the victim along with a 10-year-old boy who had been bound, locked in a closet, and suffered blunt force trauma.
Bassett said the suspect was in the basement suffering from self-inflicted wounds and an overdose.
The 35-year-old woman, who police said had an "intimate partnership" with the male victim, is reportedly in critical but stable condition. The 10-year-old boy is in critical condition and the 5-year-old girl is stable. The suspect was also reportedly in stable condition.
In the press conference, Bassett said the suspect and victims knew one another.
The victim was identified as WWJ-FM news anchor Jim Matthews. He reportedly had worked as the overnight news anchor for seven years and he was the father of the two children.
The radio station said in a statement, "He was a consummate professional and was dedicated to WWJ and the broadcasting industry. He loved delivering the latest news to his listeners. There have been many tears shed in our newsroom this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim’s family and friends."
According to a GoFundMe page started by the children’s aunt and the 35-year-old victim’s sister, the 10-year-old boy remains in critical condition and was "forced to undergo brain surgery and ear surgery," but he has "come through both successfully."
He’s reportedly in a pediatric ICU.
Williamson has a lengthy criminal history. The Michigan Department of Corrections offender information shows he was arrested in 1993 on drug-related charges and spent eight years behind bars. Three months after getting out, he was arrested for possession of a firearm by a felon, kidnapping, and assault with intent to commit murder. He was in prison for nine years. In 2013, he was charged with assault/resist/obstructing a police officer and was sentenced in 2015 to three years.