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Teen charged, two more suspects sought in crime spree against Lyft drivers

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 14:25:50-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Police have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with a crime spree against Lyft drivers in Nashville. Two others remain at large in the case.

Metro Nashville police said Reginald Williams Jr. admitted to being involved in a series of violent crimes Friday night, including the shooting and attempted robbery of a ride-share driver and the sexual assault of another.

Williams has been charged in Juvenile Court with aggravated robbery, attempted criminal homicide, carjacking, and evading arrest. Police said additional charges are pending.

He was wearing an ankle monitor and was under the supervision of the Department of Children’s Services at the time.

Read more: Police seek to ID three accused in shooting of Lyft driver, sexual assault of another

According to police, the suspects used a stolen phone to order a Lyft around 9:15 p.m. Police said a woman driving the Lyft was sexually assaulted and robbed by three suspects after driving them to the 1200 block of 11th Avenue North.

Just before 11 p.m., a man reported that he was approached by a gunman in the 1600 block of Knowles Street and forced to drive to Kroger to withdraw money from an ATM inside. When the victim came back outside, the suspect was gone.

Police said the gunman then ordered another Lyft using the stolen phone back to Knowles Street, where he attempted to rob the driver at gunpoint.The woman used pepper spray on the gunman, who then shot her in her arm and foot.

The suspect ran and requested another Lyft in the 1600 block of Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard. Police said the driver's gray 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan was then carjacked and has not yet been found.

Police said they’re working to identify two other suspects in the case. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 615-754-7463. Anyone seeing the Honda Odyssey minivan is asked to call the Department of Emergency Communications at 615-862-8600.