POLICE: Stabbing victim was homeless; shot with paint gun and punched, too
COLUMBIA - Newly released police records show a 73-year-old man stabbed Sunday was also shot with a paint gun and punched in the face.
A probable cause statement says the man told police he was sleeping under the Rangeline Street bridge over Bear Creek Trail when he was attacked.
Police later arrested Jessie R. Williams and he was charged with first-degree assault with serious injury. The victim's injuries were deemed life-threatening.
Investigators said they found Williams by using a K-9 unit to track from the scene of the stabbing to a black coat, which contained a credit card inside with Williams' name on it. Police said the coat also had bloodstains and paint similar to that used to shoot the victim.
The probable cause statement said surveillance video from a nearby store showed someone who looked like a Department of Revenue ID of Williams'.
Police said they also found a Welcome Inn room key in the coat and they located Williams in that room, locked in a closet.
He is being held without bond.