Lorain County man uses life alert necklace to call for help when attacked
Posted by Michael Sangiacomo/Plain Dealer Reporter May 07, 2009 14:16PM
Categories: Breaking News, Crime
Lorain County JailMichael UnwinSHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP - A man used a life alert necklace to call for help when a burglar broke into his home and assaulted him. Michael Williams, 52, was in his apartment on Lincoln Road Tuesday night when two burglars forced their way inside through a window.
Lorain County Sheriff Deputies said Williams told them he was watching television when the intruders crawled through his window.He said the men knocked him out of his wheelchair, which he has used since a stroke, and stole $600 and his ATM card.
Police said it appears one of the attackers used a ceramic dish to hit the victim on the head, which accounted for the bleeding gash on his forehead.
At some point during the assault, Williams was able to activate his life alert necklace which alerted EMS. They called police. The intruders were gone when police arrived.
Williams was treated at Community Health Partners for the cut forehead and bruises on his arms, legs and face. Investigators focused on the friend of the victim's son, who had been in the apartment in the past.