Knoxville man arrested after trying to rob police officer

Brandon Williams (Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A robber picked the wrong car to stick-up.

Knoxville Police Department said Brandon Williams was charged with robbery, assault, drug possession and resisting arrest he tried to rob a Knoxville Police Department officer. The incident happened Friday at around 11:38 p.m. at the Kroger located in Fountain City.

According to the arrest report, Williams approached the officer’s unmarked police vehicle in the parking lot, opened the passenger’s door and said he was “here for the money.” Police said the officer identified himself, drew his weapon and told Williams to get down on the ground.

Williams tried to run away, but was caught a short distance later by the officer, according to police. They said he aggressively resisted arrest, ripping the badge from the officer’s neck, breaking it and cussing at him.

After Williams was detained, police said he waived his Miranda rights and under video and audio recording gave a full confession, stating that he intended to rob the officer. He was taken into custody on prior charges for a hit-and-run incident on March 1 at an apartment located at 406 Dry Gap Pike.

Martha Allred told police she was leaving her sister’s apartment when she noticed Williams sitting in a car in the parking lot. She said she knew he didn’t live in the apartment building and confronted him, telling she would call 9-1-1.

Allred told police Williams tried to run her over with his car. In the process, she said he hit a 1993 Toyota Camry, causing noticeable damage to the rear passenger side bumper.

An officer stopped Williams at a traffic stop on Dry Gap Road. After failing a field sobriety test, Williams was arrested for reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.

Earlier Friday, police also said a K-9 officer found a hypodermic needle in the passenger side door of the car Williams was driving in. Williams told officers that the needle was used to ingest meth.

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