Orland man charged with attempted murder of his dad

By Jeff Vorva

An Orland Park man was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery after he allegedly beat and tried to strangle his 78-year-old father.

Mark Williamson, 46, of the 9200 block of 143rd Street, was arrested on Nov. 13 by the Cook County Sheriff’s police.

Williamson was denied bond, according to the police. A spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s office said the father believes if the son is released, his life would be in danger.

Police said Williamson’s father was sitting at his desk at home on Nov. 11 when Williamson approached him from the front and allegedly began to strangle him. After a struggle, both fell to the floor and Williamson struck the older man’s face against a ceramic floor, causing injuries to his face, neck and head, police said.

Williamson was previously arrested in March, 2010 on a charge of aggravated assault on his father. He allegedly displayed a knife and fake gun in that attack, according to police. Williamson pleaded guilty and was given probation, the spokeswoman said.

After the latest alleged attack, Williamson left the home and his father called for help. He was transported to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Two days later, the victim called the police from his hospital bed to report the attack and granted the police permission to enter his residence, according to the Sheriff’s police.

Police found Williamson in the basement allegedly huffing, or inhaling, a can of compressed air, police said. Police said he was taken into custody without incident.

Williamson’s court date is Nov. 29 in Bridgeview.