U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
July 20, 2011
PROVIDENCE MAN ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN POLICE PURSUIT
CHARGED WITH FEDERAL FIREARMS OFFENSES
Defendant told police he was en route to purchase marijuana
and then rob the drug dealer of cash and drugs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man, who told police that he was on his way to purchase marijuana and then follow the drug dealer into his home to rob him of cash and drugs, but was arrested following a brief police pursuit before he could make the purchase, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and being in possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
According to court documents, Kareem Williams, 36, was arrested by Cranston Police on June 20, 2011, after police responded to a complaint of suspicious activity involving two vehicles. An officer located the two occupied vehicles parked one behind the other, blocking one of the vehicles with his cruiser. When the officer ordered the occupants to exit the vehicles, one of the vehicles allegedly rolled toward the officer, at which time he drew his service revolver. Both vehicles then backed away from the officer at a high rate of speed. One of the vehicles spun and fled the scene while the second, with three occupants, continued to travel in reverse and was pursued by the officer.
While the officer attempted to stop the second vehicle, it struck his cruiser. On orders of the officer, the front passengers put their hands up. However, Kareem Williams, sitting in the rear seat, allegedly refused several commands to do the same, and allegedly made several movements before complying. A search of the vehicle turned up two loaded firearms in the rear passenger seat area, a .38 caliber handgun and a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.
According to court documents, when questioned by police, Williams said that he intended on purchasing marijuana from a drug dealer, and that he and the others in the vehicle were then going to follow the drug dealer home and rob him of cash and drugs.
Kareem Williams, who had been held on State charges since his arrest, was ordered detained by U.S. District Court Magistrate David L. Martin on July 14, after making an initial appearance in federal court on a federal firearm charge. If convicted of the charges contained in the Indictment, Williams faces up to 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine and up to 3 years supervised release on each count.
An Indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose.
The matter was investigated by the Cranston Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.