Man Accused Of Attacking Family At East Memphis ATM

(Memphis) A trip to the ATM turned into a terrifying experience for one Memphis family as they headed out to celebrate a child’s birthday.

Instead of blowing out birthday candles, police say they found themselves fighting off a violent 32-year-old Warren Williams.

The SunTrust on Poplar near Highland is a pretty busy bank but everything came to a standstill when one Memphis family drove up to the ATM.

“That whole situation was literally crazy,” said Craig Joiner.

Joiner, his fiancé and their 9-year-old daughter were in the drive-thru line waiting to get some cash for the girl’s birthday last week.

Police say Warren William was parked behind the family and went ballistic because they took too long.

He honked his horn, shouted, and even flipped the family off.

“It was crazy the way he was acting behind us, he was real theatrical,” said Joiner.

The drive-thru drama wasn’t over.

Joiner says he and his family watched out closely for Williams because they weren’t sure what was about to happen.

Even with the family alert, Joiner says it didn’t stop Williams from running up to their truck, opening the door, and lunging towards the family.

“He had his hand on something, he kept saying, ‘I’ll shoot you, I’ll kill you!” recalled Joiner.

Joiner says he struggled with Williams to keep him out of the car, “I was just hoping the guy wouldn’t go off and pull out a weapon and shoot.”

The family drove off.

Williams took care of business at the ATM and then raced through traffic.

Joiner says he followed him and took down the license plate number.

“People shouldn’t be able to act like that and get away with it,” said Joiner.

He didn’t. Police arrested Williams Tuesday and the family is relieved.

“Its innocent people out here that he could hurt; nobody needs to go through that,” said Joiner.

Williams faces burglary and assault charges.


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