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Men accused of hate crimes, more

Knife pulled in fight at Drifters

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:40 p.m. CDT
Justin S. Roth (left) and Brandon S. Williams.
Justin S. Roth
Brandon S. Williams

DIXON – Two men are accused of hate crimes after a knife was pulled during a fight at Drifters bar. The victim went to the hospital.

Justin S. Roth, 31, of Pekin, and Brandon S. Williams, 33, of Canton, were arrested about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday after Dixon Police responded to a call about a fight involving a knife, police said.

Roth is charged with committing a hate crime and aggravated battery. Williams is charged with committing a hate crime, unlawful use of weapons, battery, and aggravated assault.

Lt. Brad Sibley said the attack appeared to be racially motivated. The victim, who later went to KSB Hospital where he was treated and released, was black, Sibley said.

The victim suffered a cut to his lip after being hit, police said.

Both Roth and Williams are in the Lee County Jail on $100,000 bonds. They are set to appear in court Oct. 16.

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