18-Year-Old Charged with Beating 70-Year-Old Man, Celebrating Attack at 7-Eleven

CNY Central, September 23, 2013

A Syracuse teen with a long criminal record was arrested for allegedly beating an elderly man, and celebrating the attack, outside of a convenience store over the weekend.

At a news conference Monday morning, an emotional Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler was joined by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner to announce the arrest of 18-year-old Romeo Williams of Chemung Avenue in Syracuse.

Romeo Williams

Romeo Williams

Williams is charged with second degree assault after he allegedly attacked 70-year-old James Gifford in front of the 7-Eleven on Valley Drive at South Street early Saturday morning. The Associated Press reports that the attack left Gifford in critical condition.

Fowler says that just after 6:00 a.m., Gifford was leaving the store when he was attacked unprovoked by Williams. Williams allegedly hit Gifford in the face, knocking him unconscious. Williams then went into the store and celebrated his attack before coming back out to resume the assault on Gifford, who was laying on the ground in the parking lot.

Fowler says four friends of Williams witnessed the attack and had to pull Williams off of Gifford. They are cooperating with police and will likely not be charged. {snip}

Williams has an extensive criminal record. According to Syracuse Police, he has been arrested 14 times in his 18 years, including three felony charges (two violent felonies) and two firearm-related arrests.

Fowler said the attack was unprovoked, and Williams and Gifford did not know each other. He says Gifford was a “gentle soul who didn’t bother anyone.” He added that this did not appear to be a form of the “knockout game” that caused the death of a Syracuse man in May.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    Could you ask for any better democrat stereotypes?
    An Affirmative Action police chief and a lesbianish looking mayor?

    • D.B. Cooper

      This is Steve Kimatian, the weak republican who failed to defeat Miner in the mayor’s race in 2009. The black man on the right is Otis Jennings, the….
      wait for it, wait for it……….
      “Republican Party’s Designated Candidate.”
      Kimatian barely defeated Jennings in the primary, and Jennings’s defeat can be blamed on… wait for it again…. race.

    • Jefferson

      Syracuse is the city where Caucasian professional wrestler Shawn Michaels was almost beaten to death by 3 Bantus in 1995, while he was in a parking late night trying to get into his car. he survived but with major injuries to his face.

    • blight14

      I submit that repealing the 15th and 19th amendments would very likely turn this nation around. Both were HUGE mistakes!

    • jeffaral

      I feel only contempt for the Syracuse “Whites”.

  • Luca

    Enemies of civilized society must be permanently removed from society. How many arrests will it take until he adds murder to his record? Then it will be too late.

    Cut the cancer out now, cut it out early and discard it or be prepared to watch it grow.

    • mgs166

      He should have been sent to NU thirteen arrests ago.

    • Major

      Go ahead…you start and we’ll all follow…right?

      • Whitetrashgang

        That’s the problem we need a leader and a plan.

    • D.B. Cooper

      Luca, you still won’t solve the problem with your plan. You can get rid of every single black in this country, but you will still have all of these Jane Fondas, Sean Penns, and Ruth Bader Ginsbergs. You need to get rid of them first.

      • Luca

        Agreed, that’s a tougher nut to crack, but I think the first step would be to take back some of the media. There are plenty of rich people out there, Rush, Koch Bros, Ann Coulter, big business, Trump, Steve Wynn, etc, who should be quietly buying up some media outlets.

        But, eliminating their useful idiots is also a good first step.

        You know how you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

  • Jenkem Huffington

    I’m sure he was an aspiring rapper/afleet and was just turning his life around too.

  • 1proactive2

    Ah, drugs were the problem; so says the thug’s father in the video.

    Sorry, pops, but your son was only doing what maladapted thugs do, and that, repeatedly, which is to live on impulse, have fun, and cause misery. He’s the product of your non-existent parenting, daddy.

    And a prior arrest record of 19 times with 2 felonies already? Both you and your son should get at least 20 years. State lawmakers who fail to vote for laws stopping repeat offenders should get 10.

    America will always have predators like this as well as the parents who fail miserably raising them so I blame the court system as well as legislatures. There is absolutely no reason on this planet why this 18 year old should be out of prison after the first 2 criminal arrests. If the first conviction was for assault, he should have gotten 10 years straightaway.

    This thug knew the drill, that his “punishments” would be light, and he would be out on the street very quickly after each conviction. This was his lifestyle, and he enjoyed it. All it takes to sustain it is an enabler in public office.

  • Spartacus

    “Williams has an extensive criminal record. According to Syracuse Police,
    he has been arrested 14 times in his 18 years, including three felony
    charges (two violent felonies) and two firearm-related arrests.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    And he was on the streets… Why exactly ? Or right, I forgot, the police, FBI and all the other law-enforcement institutions were probably too busy keeping an eye on “nazis” .

    • sbuffalonative

      He was likely on the street because of pressure from the black community to stop stigmatizing this future rocket scientist.

      • Jefferson

        Do people who make crack cocaine in their homes count as “rocket scientists” ?

    • Jefferson

      I read that there are only around five thousand Klan members left in the U.S. I have been to professional wrestling events that drew in way more people than that.

      Klan members/Nazis today are about as much of a threat to homeland security as a hamster is to a rottweiler.

      • Spartacus

        Just remember – in the eyes of the government, you’re a “nazi” for visiting Amren…

        • Jefferson

          In the eyes of the government, you are a Nazi if you did not vote for the Kenyan in 2012.

    • 48224

      I wonder how many kids he has?

  • sbuffalonative

    “… he has been arrested 14 times in his 18 years, including three felony charges (two violent felonies) and two firearm-related arrests.”

    Well, there’s your problem right there. This young black male was made a victim of the prison-industrial complex at an early age. He was caught up in the school-to-prison-pipeline and he never had a chance to make anything of himself. I blame “the system”. (end sarcasm).

    • jane johnson

      Pipeline needs a backflow preventer.

      • CoweringCoward

        You’re damn right, that thing needs a check valve for sure!

  • APaige

    Which one is a criminal? Which one plays QB for the 49ers?

    • MekongDelta69

      Same.
      Does it really matter?!

    • 1proactive2

      whoa…..

  • MekongDelta69

    “…an emotional Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler was joined by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner…”

    What a bunch of (the usual) wusses. They were only ’emotional’ because the perp was black.

    “He added that this did not appear to be a form of the ‘knockout game’…”

    Oh no – of COURSE it wasn’t Chief. (who is black btw)

    Black guy walks up to a White guy and unprovoked, knocks him completely O-U-T cold by smashing him in the face.
    …But that’s NOT the ‘knockout game.’

    Does anybody know ANY leftist who is NOT a hypocrite, NOT a liar, and NOT mentally deranged?

  • Derp

    That white girl is afraid to go outside. Wow. Welcome to “the Community”.

  • Romulus

    Cement shoes and the Atlantic. That’s all I have to say about this!

    • Xerxes22

      That’s too quick. A nice slow barbeque would be much better.

      • Romulus

        Good one.

  • Trevor Pilsbury

    Our only realistic replacement for the protections afforded by Jim Crow laws is concealed carry. Like Putin, I also practice Judo. A modified form that specialises in dislocating and breaking bones.

    • MBlanc46

      I trust that it won’t be too many more years before JIm Crow Mark II will be established.

      • CoweringCoward

        Yeah but the Mark II version will be to restrain whites.

        • MBlanc46

          If we do it correctly, it will accomplish what the original was intended to accomplish, but do so better.

          • CoweringCoward

            What on earth, with our current political trajectory would lead you to believe JCII would not be used AGAINST the founding population?

          • MBlanc46

            The quantitative and qualitative increases in black violence and criminality. The ineradicable “achievement gap” between blacks and non-blacks, and the increasing evidence that it is nature-, not nurture-based. The promise of the end of Jim Crow was that blacks would integrate into society within a couple of generations. It’s becoming more apparent every year that that outcome is not going to happen. With the failure of integrationism, there is a new opening for segregation, which, after all, is what most people in all groups prefer.

          • CoweringCoward

            But to listen to the powers that be, the reason for all this failure is still that whitey has not surrendered properly. They see US as the ONLY problem to be remedied, sick and insane as it is. Obama and the leftists who pull his little strings are not backing down one iota on race replacement with you and me as the target population to be removed from power and eventually enslaved (not that we are not already, can you say re-distribution).

          • Major

            There really is only one solution that you haven’t recognized.

          • MBlanc46

            That’s why I don’t listen to them very much.

        • Major

          Only if you allow it.

    • Major

      A 45 ACP is lots cheaper and doesn’t require that amount of useless physical activity.

      • CoweringCoward

        I prefer 9mm para, lots more “chances” to hook up, less recoil, quicker accurate followups.

        • Major

          It really doesn’t matter whose gun is bigger friend. it’s not a macho question,is it.? Bigger, better…whatever. If all whites are armed and use it…no matter what caliber…it’s not a Chevy vs Ford issue, is it?

          • CoweringCoward

            Sorry to double post, aimed this one at myself by accident.

            No pissin contest at all, just voiced my preference and said why that was.

        • CoweringCoward

          No pissin contest at all, just voiced my preference and said why that was.

    • Luca

      Like Putin, I practice lock, load, aim and squeeze.

  • JohnEngelman

    Williams has an extensive criminal record. According to Syracuse Police, he has been arrested 14 times in his 18 years, including three felony charges (two violent felonies) and two firearm-related arrests.

    – CNY Central, September 23, 2013

    Why did they keep letting him out? He obviously has a genetic inclination toward crime. The only factor that reliably reduces recidivism is age.

    • Major

      “The only factor that reliably reduces recidivism is age…”

      Or the inability to reach any more aging? Lets cut to the chase…do we really believe that the impotent, weak “judicial” system, as broken as it is…will dole out real justice?

    • mikebowen55

      “The only factor that reliably reduces recidivism is age.”

      I’d have to say that a .45 lodged in the thug’s skull is much more reliable.

    • I don’t know about age in my case. Getting married and becoming a father seems to have worked for me.

  • leftists are delusional

    I think I will repeat myself:
    Blacks commit a disproportionate about of hate crimes.

    And here is the proof courtesy of the FBI.
    fbi(dot)gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/hate-crime

    Please keep in mind “Hispanics” are lumped in with Whites. So the actual “White” percentage is actual lower. Blax are around 13% of the population but are around 20% of the hate crime offenders. Whites and Hispanics make up 72% of the population.

    In 2011, the races of the 5,731 known hate crime offenders were as follows:
    59.0 percent were white.
    20.9 percent were black.

    In 2010, the races of the 6,008 known hate crime offenders were as follows:
    58.6 percent were white.
    18.4 percent were black.

    2008 for the 6,927 known hate crime offenders revealed that:
    61.1 percent were white.
    20.2 percent were black.

    2007, the races of the 6,965 known hate crime offenders were as follows:
    62.9 percent were white.
    20.8 percent were black.

    2006 – An analysis of available race data for the 7,330 known hate crime offenders revealed that:
    58.6 percent were white.
    20.6 percent were black.

    2005 – An analysis of available race data for the 6,804 known hate crime offenders revealed that:
    60.5 percent were white.
    19.9 percent were black.

    2004 – Of the known offenders,
    60.6 percent were white.
    19.7 percent were black.

    2002 – Of the known offenders,
    61.8 percent were white
    21.8 percent were black

    2003 and 2009 data not available

  • Ella

    Again, it is the collective mentality in which a few innocent Whites can be parted with to meet their “greater cause” or social justice agenda. They don’t see individuals with basic rights and don’t have feelings for White victims like Gifford.

  • MBlanc46

    You see this time after time after time. Some punk commits a crime heinous or nasty enough to garner media attention, and it turns out that he already has rung up a serious number of arrests. And yet, he’s still on the streets. This scumbag accumulated a long string of arrests by the age of 18. That makes him not an exception, but only an extreme case. How long are we going to continue allowing these criminals to prowl the streets until they seriously injure or kill someone.

    • CoweringCoward

      Even after heinous crimes they are released. The “Zimmerman Rehab” seems to be the one thing that seems to have a low rate of recidivism.

      • MBlanc46

        It’s an almost complete failure by the criminal justice system.

        • CoweringCoward

          It does not appear to be there to protect or serve those of us who pay the bills. Once you understand it’s true purpose it’s kind of freeing. Law enforcement these days has a new motto, “Pilfer and Subjugate”.

          • MBlanc46

            Or get through the day without incurring a civil rights suit.

          • mikebowen55

            Revenue enhancement mercenaries is what I call the thugs.

    • JohnEngelman

      The crime rate cannot be reduced by social reform and social welfare spending. We tried that during the 1960’s when the crime rate doubled.

      The crime rate can only be reduced by imposing more, longer, and nastier prison sentences. Plenty of executions would help too.

      • MBlanc46

        We actually have to start punishing people commensurately with the severity of the crime. Punishment for violent crime should be harsh.

        • My problem with that is that cops lie on the stand. I listened to it happen.

          • Major

            Most cops want to be unleashed too…you think they like these scum bags and wouldn’t want to take a shortcut?

          • CoweringCoward

            Well if you have experience with fed persecutions, you well know they bug and provide transcripts to the prosecution of even attorney client meetings. They have NO SHAME and get like 98% conviction rate, this is not an adversarial trial setting at all, it’s Kangaroo/Star chamber/Banana rep crap all the way.

          • MBlanc46

            I know you are correct. Human failure is always a possibility. Meting out harsh punishment requires that we actually have to have the right person. It’s much too easy for cops to find a mope and stitch him up.

      • Major

        If only vigilante justice was appreciated too. That is justice…by the people. That’s how we began.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        Wow, John! How illiberal of you! You are farther along than I originally thought!

        • JohnEngelman

          The issue where I am most to the right is crime and punishment. I hate criminals and want them to suffer.

          I also believe that there is a genetic predisposition to commit crimes, and that there is little point in trying to rehabilitate most criminals. What we need to do is to get criminals off of the street and to keep them off.

          • ShermanTMcCoy

            Then I wish all liberals had your attitude about crime.

          • I don’t even hate them all. The feds lock so many people up these days that there are some really nice folks in federal prison. One of my friends from inside went back on another drug charge (possession of methamphetamines). He used to be a mechanical engineer, but never got over his mother dying of cancer. He did 18 months on 72 in state prison this time, and at age 53 is now at a halfway house on parole. This certainly isn’t helping his mother. He needed rehab and a head-shrinker, instead of lockup.

          • Luca

            Just remember its your Liberal politician friends’ policies which encourage their birthrate by rewarding the low IQ mothers who pop them out like pop tarts.

          • JohnEngelman

            On several occasions I have said that I want to replace Aid to Families with Dependent Children with free abortion on demand.

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    A good example of what a commenter recently described – how blacks so overwhelm the criminal justice system that rational sentences to keep them confined are just not possible due to jail capacity and costs. I long ago separated myself from arguments over rehabilitation versus punishment. I just want criminals kept confined so that they have no access to the rest of us.

    • CoweringCoward

      You are right on the money there man. With blacks I am past wanting them punished for their atrocities, it’s like beating a pit bull for being a pit bull. They need to be sequestered away in their own “vibrant areas”, where their version of “civilization” does not conflict with ours.

      • Major

        Well….do you actually think or believe that these POS will be deported to their “homeland” to be chased and hunted down by their natural prey?

        • CoweringCoward

          That was not what I said, would be nice but…
          I was more thinking machine gun nests looking down the “tracks” and incursions into civilized areas being put down HARD.

          • Major

            And…many of us would agree. the question is…how and where do we start? What is it that would tip us over in favor of real justice?

          • CoweringCoward

            There in lies the rub, as to call for this is to become public enemy #1 and have the weight of the LEO and FLEO leviathan upon you.

          • Major

            It’s questionable if the LEO’s would join…they’re already proven to be a formidable enemy.

        • Gotsumpnferya

          That being themselves with ideological government .

        • joesolargenius

          Lets just send every body on welfare or public housing to New Mexico and tell them you have to live together.

    • JohnEngelman

      The high cost of incarceration can be reduced by the thorough use of prison labor enforced by corporeal punishment.

      • Andy

        Or with a penal colony in Alaska. Have to find a place the Eskimos don’t want, though.

      • Luca

        Deportation them to Liberia. Get them off American soil, overseas and no possibility of reentry.

      • The problem with prison labor is that it would compete unfairly with the work of free individuals. Unicor produces a great many things for other federal government agencies, but I would rather civilian contractors pay ordinary people a living wage for these items.

        • JohnEngelman

          There is plenty of infrastructure work and public sector work that is not done because the government cannot afford to do it. The only problem I can see is that most convicts lack job skills and the intelligence to learn job skills.

          • I stood eight-hour shifts in the kitchen, machine shop and groundskeeping, for which I was paid 12 cents an hour. On my own time, I did laundry: washed, dried and folded cost four postage stamps. One of the black guys who had gone straight from his mother’s home to prison said I folded laundry just like his mother did, so after he was done washing and drying his, I folded it for him. One postage stamp per load for that: 34 cents at the time.

            Lots of work on military bases here inside the lower-48 is done by minimum-security inmates housed in federal prison camps on-base.

          • Ella

            Germany has a good prison program. The government charges the prisoner for the cell and meals to ease the tax-payer costs. It allows minimum security felons to leave for their day jobs and then, return immediately after their work hours to serve the time, including the weekends. They don’t have as much employment problems and adjustment issues post prison life. It depends on the crime to be placed in this program.

          • Nobody offered me that.

            My file says “firearms expert, explosives expert, chemist, ex-mercenary”, and I am still on the Terrorist Watch List.

            US federal prisons are not really punishment, and also not rehabilitation. It is just warehousing people. I was smart enough to see this, which made me an exception.

          • Puggg

            “Felony” comes from the French word meaning “evil person.” I happen to think a lot of felony crimes aren’t evil things, and the people who commit them aren’t intrinsically evil. I think there should be a legal classification of crime in between felony and misdemeanor.

            “Felony” is also sometimes a black name.

          • Luca

            They should pick fruit and in turn eliminate that incentive for illegals.

          • That would involve letting them out.

            Some of the guys I knew in federal prison had outside jobs picking up trash along the road outside. They spent half of each day undergoing full body cavity searches. This is not what I would call “efficient” labor.

          • Whitetrashgang

            Excellent idea, half their wages can go to the victims of their crimes, a quarter for their upkeep and the rest they get when they get out. Also labour for building roads and bridges and section 8 housing.

          • There aren’t any “wages”. A guy who won’t work just gets sent to the hole, which means 23-hour lockdown in a 6 X 8 foot cell with someone else who also has “issues”.

          • Whitetrashgang

            But they should be doing real jobs for real wages, maybe just half of what a non inmate would get.Americas roads and bridges are crumbling so why not fix them for half price?

          • The cost of watching them would drive prices through the roof.

            Taxpayers would have to pay for guards, as well as insurance for innocent citizens who might be harmed by the inmates on these work crews. Ultimately, it would not be competitive.

            Well-behaved inmates are and should be given work inside the compound. At various times in federal prison, I made parts in the machine shop, cooked and served chow-hall food, and picked up trash on the yards. I received 12 cents per hour. Maintenance of the compounds and facility services are and should be useful paid work by the inmates.

    • FrankMDavis

      Our courts system and our penal system were never meant to handle this level of offenders. Our culture has rapidly and drastically changed so that bad behavior, criminal behavior and social evil is commonplace. The cultural changes and the greatly increased level of criminality overloaded the system that worked reasonably well in our old civilized society.

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    Unwittingly, the Wikipedia Demographics Heading in their city articles tells the sad story of the decline of white civilization:
    As of the census[50] of 2010, there were 145,170 people,and 56,445 households. The population density was 5,796.8 people per square mile (2,266.8/km²). There were 64,356 housing units.

    The racial and ethnic makeup of the city reported in the 2010 Census was as follows: 56.0% White, 29.5% African American, 1.1% Native American, 5.5% Asian, and <0.5% Pacific Islander. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.3% of the population. Non-Hispanic Whites were 52.8% of the population in 2010,[51] down from 87.2% in 1970.

  • ViktorNN

    They do it because they feel like it’s okay. Because white people deserve it. Because all their lives they’ve heard their family members speak ill about white people, and because they’ve been taught in public schools that white people are the source of all their problems. Mr. Giffords is dead due to an anti-white ideology instilled in the murderer.

    • Andy

      I think he lived.

      • melissa236

        He has died…

  • William Hinkle

    Why all of this ‘pissing in the wind’ over this and similar stories? We know what we should be reading. 😉

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Just did a little googling on “black hero cop.” The closest I found was “Black Hero Cop, arrested for Rape.” The other links were to stories about white hero cops where the word “black” was on the page somewhere.

    Guess all those TV series with tough guy black cops are just more fantasy. Sort of makes me want to puke.

  • William Krapek

    Man I miss lynchings.

  • Luca

    Lots of interesting comments here on segregation, crime and punishment.

    On segregation; We can never force one group of people to remain separate from the other, not in this day and age and political environment. Conversely forcing people to live, and work together is a form of “forced” integration and the government has no right to forcibly separate or integrate groups of people. I believe this has merit and promise on both legal and moral grounds. There would be a considerable amount of lives, suffering and money saved.

    On crime and punishment: I believe the US Government should be able to revoke the citizenship of criminals based on a certain progressive discipline standard. If not forcibly, then voluntarily. There was a time when judges gave criminals the choice of jail time or military service. Many chose the military. Why not a choice between 20 years in prison or revoked citizenship and one way ticket to any country that would accept them for a considerable fee as long as that country is overseas, such as the middle east, Russia, Asia, or Africa.

  • [Guest]

    I’ll say it again: There’s a war on, and only one side is fighting.