Police are looking for a man they believe to be homeless suspected of brutally raping, kidnapping and robbing a young woman in the Belmont area Monday morning.
Jason Jarrell Williams, 31, is accused of attacking the 25-year-old victim in her Portland Avenue apartment around 4 a.m., according to a Metro Nashville Police Department news release. The door to her apartment may have been unlocked, allowing him to enter, police say.
Police say Williams inflicted superficial cuts on the victim with what they believe was a razor blade and then repeatedly sexually assaulted her. He later made her leave the apartment and ride with him in her vehicle to a bank ATM where he forced her to withdraw cash. After driving to the Woodbine area, Williams got out of the car and the victim called 911.
Police believe Williams is likely the same man being sought by Vanderbilt University Police for stealing an unattended backpack from the lobby of Wilson Hall on campus last Wednesday. He was reportedly sleeping in the lobby before the theft.
Anyone who sees Jason Jarrell Williams or knows his whereabouts is urged to immediately contact the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. People can also send an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with the message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com.
Earlier this month, a man police considered to be homeless was arrested in the stabbing death of a young nurse in her Wedgewood Park apartment.