BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Emanuel Tarmell Williams, Jr., 25, was arrested yesterday afternoon after allegedly brandishing a knife on an RTS bus.
At about 3:30 p.m. on January 5, deputies were called to an armed disturbance on RTS bus 2113 on SW 75th Street near Kanapaha Middle School. The victim told deputies that she knew Williams and that they had a verbal argument on the bus, during which Williams stood up and allegedly held the blade of a pocket knife within 5 inches of her stomach. The victim alleged that Williams threatened to stab her while holding the blade near her. The bus driver, seeing the dispute, stopped the bus and called 911.
Williams was detained by School Resource Officers while walking away from the bus and spontaneously said the knife fell out of his pocket while he was arguing with the victim. Post Miranda, he reportedly admitted to holding the knife in his hand outside of his pocket and that it was open while he was arguing with the victim. He said he didn’t know how the knife was opened but denied threatening the victim. He said he had given the knife to another person, and deputies retrieved the knife from that person.
Williams has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. He is currently on a 24-month probation from a 2021 felony battery charge in which adjudication was withheld. He is being held on $45,000 bond.
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