Parolee charged with battering woman in Joliet

Prosecutors allege woman suffered fractured leg, chipped tooth during attack

A felon on parole was arrested by Joliet police on charges accusing him of beating a woman in April who was hospitalized for her injuries.

Officers who responded to a report of a fight about 5:30 p.m. April 19 in the 1200 block of Dearborn Street determined that Derek Webb, 38, of Joliet, battered a woman, Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English said.

Further investigation indicated that Webb struck the woman in the face while she sat in a vehicle, then pulled her from the vehicle and threw her to the ground before fleeing, English said.

The woman suffered injuries to her face and leg, English said. Paramedics with the Joliet Fire Department took the woman to AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center for treatment.

On June 29, detectives secured a $250,000 warrant signed by Will County Judge Dave Carlson for Webb’s arrest on charges of aggravated battery, court records show.

Prosecutors accused Webb in a criminal complaint of grabbing the woman and throwing her to the ground, fracturing her leg. Prosecutors also alleged Webb struck the woman in the face, causing a lacerated lip and a chipped tooth.

When officers responded to a disturbance Tuesday in the 100 block of Arizona Avenue, they made contact with Webb and saw he had a warrant for the aggravated battery charge as well as a parole violation warrant from the Illinois Department of Corrections, English said.

On Nov. 5, 2015, a jury found Webb guilty of being an armed habitual criminal and unlawful use of a weapon by felon. Prosecutors said in a court filing that Joliet police officers searched Webb’s residence and found a loaded weapon in a coffee table.

Judge Carmen Goodman sentenced him to six years in prison. Webb was paroled Jan. 24, 2019.

Webb also pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in 2007 and to the same offense in another case in 2004, records show.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News