18-year-old arrested in Nashville parking garage attack

Amari Ayers (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An 18-year-old was arrested and charged in the attack on a woman at a downtown Nashville parking garage.

Metro police say Amari Ayers faces charges of attempted robbery in last Friday’s attack at the garage on Harrison Street and Fifth Avenue.

Family members who saw video surveillance footage of the attack released by the police department Monday accompanied Ayers as he surrendered to officers downtown Tuesday, according to police.

During an interview with a detective, Ayers allegedly admitted to trying to rob the victim, who is an employee of the state.

On surveillance video, the victim is seen waiting for the elevator to get to her car when the teenager confronts her. Metro police say he grabbed her around the neck, put his hand over her mouth and threatened to kill her if she didn’t stop fighting. He also demanded her purse.

The woman was able to get away after someone driving through the garage witnessed the attack and honked their car’s horn, reportedly scaring Ayers away.

A state employee News 2 spoke with on Tuesday says they’ve had continuing concerns about parking safety.

And after the attack, an email was sent to all Tennessee state employees saying security protocols and procedures are being examined and asking employees to keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Be alert and observant at all times when walking between your office and your vehicle. Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Avoid becoming distracted – don’t talk on your cell phone while walking to or from your vehicle.
  • Have your keys ready before you get into your vehicle. Searching for keys is distracting and increases your vulnerability.
  • Walk with a friend or a group when possible – avoid isolating yourself.
  • Lock your doors whenever you are inside your vehicle.
  • To report a security concern in a state parking area downtown – suspicious people, a burned out light, etc. – call (615) 238-4883.
  • In an emergency, call 911.