17-year-old with ankle monitor charged in crime spree against rideshare drivers, incl attempted murder

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17-year-old Reginald Williams, Jr., who was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest, is charged in a crime spree against multiple rideshare drivers, to include the sexual assault of one and the attempted murder of another.

Willaims was arrested Tuesday night, and d During an interview Reginald Williams Jr. admitted his involvement in the following crimes which occurred Friday night:

  • At 9:15 p.m. a female Lyft driver responded to Opry Mills Mall to pick up three young men.  The woman drove them to the 1200 block of 11th Avenue North where she was robbed/sexually assaulted at gunpoint. 
  • At 10:45 p.m., officers responded to Kroger, 800 Monroe Street, where a man reported that he was approached by a gunman in the1600 block of Knowles Street and forced to drive to Kroger to withdraw money from an ATM inside the store. When he came back outside, the suspect was gone.  The gunman then used this victim’s phone/Lyft account to order a ride back to Knowles Street where he attempted to rob the female driver.  She reported that after he grabbed her by her throat and put a gun to her head, she reached for her chemical spray and began spraying the gunman who fired, striking her in the arm and foot. The suspect fled and requested another rideshare in the 1600 block of Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard.  He robbed this driver of his gray 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan.  The minivan, bearing Tennessee tag 9S84J8, has not been recovered.
Reginald Williams Jr (MNPD)
Reginald Williams Jr (MNPD)

Williams, of 14th Avenue North, is charged in Juvenile Court with aggravated robbery, attempted criminal homicide, carjacking, and evading arrest.  Additional charges regarding the robbery/sexual assault are pending. He was wearing an ankle monitor under the supervision of the Department of Children’s Services.

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Detectives are working to identify two additional suspects.  Anyone with information about them is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.  Anyone seeing the Honda Odyssey minivan is asked to call the Department of Emergency Communications at 615-862-8600.

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