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Crime & Courts

Man accused of attacking friend at Geneva police station

GENEVA – A homeless man who lives at a PADS shelter in Wheaton was charged with battery after he attacked the friend who came to pick him up at the Geneva Police Department, according to reports.

William J. Buell, 31, was charged July 21 with two counts of misdemeanor battery. The charge carries a punishment of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Buell initially posted $1,000, or 10 percent, of a $10,000 bond, but after a hearing it was reduced to personal recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 3.

According to police and court records, Buell was waiting in the Geneva Police Department lobby for a friend to give him a ride home to the PADS site in Wheaton.

Buell fell asleep, and when a friend who was going to give him the ride woke him up, police said he grabbed her by the arms and threw her against the wall and choked her with his forearm. 

An officer tried to enter the lobby from inside the police department, but Buell blocked the door.

Officers eventually were able to get into the lobby to come to the woman’s aid and to arrest Buell.

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