Springfield man arrested after ‘random’ assault at MGM casino, police say

The victim was hospitalized with serious injuries, according to police.

MGM Springfield.
–Erin Clark / Boston Globe Staff, File

A Springfield man is facing assault charges after state police say he randomly attacked a New York man at the MGM Springfield casino on Sunday.

Devon Williams, 27, was charged with assault to murder, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot), according to a state police releasePolice were also investigating if Williams is connected to three other attacks in Springfield earlier on Sunday.

Springfield police responded to a string of assaults — one each on Grenada Terrace, Sumner Avenue, and Kimberly Avenue — starting at 3:40 p.m., state police said.

About an hour later, Williams allegedly went into the casino via a Main Street entrance and, from what evidence suggests, randomly assaulted the man, police said.


Williams fled the scene in a car, according to police, but casino security was able to grab the license plate number. State and Springfield police found Williams within a couple hours at a Chestnut Street apartment, where he was taken into custody.

Williams’s bail was set at $100,000, and police believe prosecutors want to request a dangerousness hearing, which would have Williams held until his next court date.

The victim was brought to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with “serious” injuries, police said.