Man carjacked after trying to avoid hitting dog in Bellevue; possibly connected to murders

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Metro Police are investigating whether an armed robbery and carjacking on a highway in Bellevue is connected to a string of murders and shootings in the Nashville area.

Police said a 26-year-old man was traveling along Highway 70 South on Aug. 12 at about 3 a.m. when a dog ran out in front of him. The man turned to see if he had hit the dog when he saw another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction swerve toward the dog.

The victim told police he stopped to check on the dog, but when he did, two black men robbed him at gunpoint and stole his vehicle, a 2017 Dodge Journey.

The Dodge was recovered officers late Friday afternoon in an alley near 24th Avenue North and Meharry Boulevard.

On Monday, Metro Police identified the suspected gunman in the August 12 robbery and carjacking as convicted felon Horace Palmer Williamson III, 27. Williamson is jailed on aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, unlawful gun possession, and evading arrest charges as the result of a Friday arrest.

In Williamson's Friday arrest, he is accused of forcing his girlfriend at gunpoint to go with him after she had asked a couple to give her a ride to escape him.

He was convicted of especially aggravated robbery in 2010 and received a 10-year sentence. He was arrested on charges of felony aggravated assault and unlawful gun possession in March 2016 and released on $50,000 bond. That case is pending in Criminal Court. Williamson was arrested on charges of aggravated burglary, assault and vandalism in July 2017 and released on $35,000 bond. That case is pending in Criminal Court. He was arrested on June 21, 2018 on charges of gun possession by a convicted felon, marijuana possession and driving on a revoked license. He was released on an $11,000 bond. Those charges are also pending.

Police said this case is being investigated as part of a recent string of murders in Nashville, "to determine if there is a definitive connection."

The dog that the victim hit on Highway 70 did not survive. What is unclear from the police's investigation is whether Williamson used the dog as bait or whether the dog walked into the street on its own.

Click here for the latest on the series of Nashville murders.

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