|Name:||Williams, Charles H.|
|Memorial Panel #:||#PANEL#|
|District / Unit:||Chicago Park|
|End of Watch:||10 December 1941|
|Incident Details:||Park Policeman Charles Williams, 51, was a 19-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Chicago Park District Police.
On December 10, 1941, Officer Williams was off duty in a tavern on the 4300 block of North Western Avenue. The officer was dressed in uniform when members of the “Three Hat” gang, Charles Theos, Joseph Morealle, and John Pantano attempted an armed robbery. When Pantano saw Officer Williams he immediately opened fire and shot him six times. The three bandits fled the scene. Officer Williams was transported to Martha Washington Hospital where he later died.
All three offenders were apprehended after leaving their hats at the scene of the crime. John Pantano, 20, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death in the electric chair. Charles Theos, 17, was sentenced to serve 14 years as an accessory to murder and 10-15 years for robbery. Joseph Moreale, 20, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for the officer’s murder and 10-20 years for the robbery.
Officer Williams was laid to rest in St. Lucas Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Nellie.