ROCKINGHAM — Police are asking for the public’s help locating an assault suspect.
Earlier this week, the Rockingham Police Department posted a photo of Leo Michael Williams Jr.
Williams is accused of beating up an elderly man — the husband of his mother — inside a Boone Street home on April 10, according to police.
The case is still currently under investigation.
Officers have obtained a warrant charging Williams with assault inflicting serious injury.
Anyone with information on Williams’ whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Rockingham Police Department at 910-895-2468 or through Facebook, Richmond County Crime Stoppers at 901-997-5454, or 911. Police say tipsters can remain anonymous.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Williams has several previous convictions, but his record has been clean for the better part of the past decade.
Williams’ first conviction came in March 2001 on charges of felony breaking and entering and speeding from police. His probation was revoked five months later, landing him behind bars for seven months.
In 2004, Williams was convicted on two counts of breaking and entering vehicles. Probation on one of those counts was revoked in 2007 when he was convicted on two counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count each of injury to personal property and assault on a female. He served concurrent sentences totalling three months.
Williams was convicted of obtaining property by false pretenses in 2011 and given probation, which was revoked in 2014 when he was convicted of misdemeanor larceny. He served nearly six months in prison on concurrent sentences, records show.