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Tennessee Man Charged With Attempted Robbery of Officer

April 11, 2016  | 

A Knoxville, TN, man was arrested early Saturday for allegedly attempting to rob a Knoxville Police Department officer who was sitting in an unmarked police car, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Brandon A. Williams, 22, has been charged with attempted robbery, assault, evading arrest and resisting, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held on a $17,000 bond.

According to the arrest warrant, a Knoxville PD officer was sitting in the driver's seat of his city-issued unmarked police car in the parking lot of Kroger on Broadway when Williams approached from behind the vehicle and opened the passenger's door to enter.

The officer "confronted (Williams) about his actions, (Williams) paused and then stated 'I'm here for the money,' and attempted to further enter the (officer's) vehicle," according to the documents.

The officer then identified himself as a police officer, drew his weapon, and gave (Williams) verbal commands to get down on the ground. Williams then attempted to flee but was caught after a short distance. He then "aggressively resisted arrest," the officer reported.

Williams, under audio and video, gave a full verbal confession, saying he intended to rob the officer of money, the warrant said.

Comments (4)

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OK then @ 4/11/2016 12:46 PM

I nominate this guy for the dumbest criminal award.

Old Valawdog @ 4/11/2016 7:10 PM

@ OK then- I don't know. Once I had drunk kid get in the back of my "marked" slick top and asked me to take him to an address across town. So drunk he thought I was a taxi. And he had almost an ounce of cocaine in his pocket. That's my favorite dumb one.

kevCopAz @ 4/12/2016 7:07 AM

Funny!. While working as a Detective (not UC, yet still obviously a cop) I had things close to this all the time, from traffic road rage folks jumping out to "kick my A--", or a hooker attempting to work her trade and even a gang member or two to high or stupid to notice who I was, yet I was wearing full uniform in an unmarked car working the projects. Even the small children recognized a "narc" car from 1/2 a block away yet some stupid criminals did not. People are funny and thats one aspect of police work that makes the job so much fun when compared to other careers. Face it stupid criminals and police work in general is sometimes funny and keeps us smiling!

OK then @ 4/13/2016 6:50 AM

I can understand the general public not realizing it was an unmarked car, but one who makes a living as a criminal should know all the unmarks in his/her neighborhood. Where I work you can tell who is who by how they react to your unmarked stopping nearby.

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