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Police release image of Syracuse teen accused in assault that left a 70-year-old in critical condition

Syracuse Police have released an image of a teen accused of assaulting a 70-year-old man outside of a Valley Drive convenience store. The victim remains in the hospital in critical condition.
 (WSYR-TV)
(WSYR-TV)
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse Police have released an image of a teen accused of assaulting a 70-year-old man outside of a Valley Drive convenience store.

The victim remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Romeo Williams briefly appeared in city court on Tuesday.

Williams, 18, of Chemung Street, has been charged with second degree assault in connection to the attack on James Gifford.

After an attorney refused to represent Williams, his bail hearing was rescheduled for Wednesday morning.

The court will need to appoint another attorney.

The incident occurred Saturday around 6:05 a.m.

According to police, Williams was with four other males when he lunged out and struck Gifford in the store's parking lot, knocking him unconscious.

They say he entered the 7-Eleven location at the intersection of Valley Drive and South Avenue and celebrated the attack before returning to the parking lot where he kicked the man multiple times.

According to police, the people who were with Williams pulled him away from the unconscious man.

Police announced Williams’ arrest on Monday morning.

Gifford remains in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital.

Police say Williams had 14 prior arrests, including three felonies.

In August, he was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon.

He was initially arraigned and taken to the Justice Center in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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