A Joliet man allegedly struck a woman in her eye, causing it to swell, and had to be stopped by witnesses from doing further harm, police said.
On Friday afternoon, police officers were sent to the Joliet Gateway Center, 90 E. Jefferson St., to meet with security staff there. When the officers arrived, they were taken by the staff to the alleged victim of an attack, who had a swollen right eye, Joliet police Sgt. Darrell Gavin said in an email.
The woman said she had been struck in the eye by Ellis Echevarria, 20, of Joliet, who was at her residence in the 1200 block of John Street, Gavin said. She alleged she got into a verbal argument with Echevarria, which turned physical when he struck her in the right eye with a closed fist, he said.
Witnesses then intervened to prevent Echevarria from doing further harm to the woman and they saw the incident occur, Gavin said. Echevarria was found by police at the woman’s residence and arrested.
Echevarria was charged with domestic battery. He was taken to the Will County jail, where he was held on a $2,500 bond. He later posted bail and was released at 5:16 p.m. Saturday.
On March 27, Echevarria pleaded guilty to operating an uninsured motor vehicle. He was sentenced to six months of court supervision. However, the supervision was revoked when he failed to appear in court for payment of fines and costs, according to court records. He still owes payment on a $875 fine.