Belmont-area rape suspect arrested after day-long search

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKR) – The man wanted in a brutal Belmont-area rape was arrested about a day and a half after the alleged assault and kidnapping took place.

Jason Williams, 31, was taken into custody late Tuesday afternoon after a day-long search through a South Nashville neighborhood near Nolensville Pike and Thompson Lane.

News 2’s Jessica Jaglois called 911 after witnessing Williams climb out of a home’s crawlspace shortly before 4:30 p.m., prompting officers to literally hit the ground running.

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He was arrested within the next 20 minutes after officers chased him through a creek bed and culvert. Police said Williams ultimately surrendered and was checked out by emergency personnel for cuts he received while running.

Metro police had already increased their presence around Woodbine and South Nashville after they learned he frequents the area when an officer spotted Williams sitting on a porch on Tanksley Avenue to charge his phone.

Williams took off running, prompting officers to flood the area, going door to door and using a helicopter in their efforts.

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The 31-year-old is accused of breaking into a woman’s Portland Avenue apartment near Belmont University early Monday morning. The victim was repeatedly raped before being kidnapped and forced to go to an ATM to withdraw cash. Police said she called 911 the moment the suspect left.

Williams is charged with especially aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated robbery. He was taken for HIV testing as required by Tennessee law before being booked into jail.

As for his criminal history, News 2 found Williams was arrested for public indecency and criminal trespassing earlier this year in January after he was allegedly caught masturbating at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was reportedly in the waiting area of the Women’s Health Department and newborn nursery, and, according to arrest affidavit, an officer observed him touching himself while watching a video on his cell phone.