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Nashville police capture murder suspect who escaped near Belmont


The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department arrested a murder suspect who escaped from a squad car at the Midtown Precinct early Wednesday morning, The Tennessean reported.

Brian Williams was arrested at 9th Avenue North and Scovel Street around 9 a.m. Williams fled from the Midtown Precinct at 12:45 a.m. earlier that morning.

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The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department is looking for a murder suspect who escaped custody at the Midtown Precinct on 12th Avenue South early Wednesday morning, the Office of Campus Security reported.

Around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, 32-year-old Brian Williams escaped from a police car at the Midtown Precinct and ran across 12th Avenue South toward I-65.

Williams is a black male, is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, camo pajama pants, black socks and no shoes. He was also still in handcuffs and unarmed at the time he escaped, according to the MNPD.

Chief of Campus Security Pat Cunningham urged students to contact police immediately if they see the suspect.

“If you see him, be alert. Don’t approach him,” said Cunningham.

Campus Security did its own search of campus and the surrounding area after being notified by the MNPD, Cunningham said. Cunningham also has an officer stationed at Rose Park.

Campus Security officers are checking around the area throughout the day and are working with the MNPD in case there are any updates in the case.

The MNPD reported there is no immediate threat to Belmont’s campus but has officers in the Edgehill area and is maintaining “high visibility.”

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