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Man accused in Presbyterian Hospital employee robbery faces judge

LeJarris Williams (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police from November 2011) LeJarris Williams (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police from November 2011)

The man accused of robbing an employee at Presbyterian Hospital in a hospital parking garage has made his first appearance in court.

Lejarris Williams was in a Mecklenburg County court room on July 19, charged with robbing a woman at gunpoint inside an elevator of the parking garage at Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital on Randolph Road.

On July 30, Williams bond is unchanged at $51,000 for the charges of resisting arrest and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The attack, which happened on Tuesday afternoon, was the third attack in less than three weeks.

Police are still investigating whether this case could be connected to the other two.

Officers say Williams ran towards Vail Avenue, where Presbyterian Hospital Security found him and tried to arrest him. 

"Thankfully, the employee was not injured," hospital officials told WBTV. "After taking the employee's purse, the alleged suspect fled and was captured by Presbyterian Healthcare Public Safety Officers."

As Presbyterian Security struggled with Williams, patrol officers with the Providence Division arrived on scene and took him into custody, police say.

Police charged Williams with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and resisting arrest, in connection to this case.

According to police, a handgun and the victim's purse were recovered at the scene of the arrest. 

Williams was also charged last year in a robbery at a Family Dollar store in Charlotte. The District Attorney's Office dismissed the charges for a lack of sufficient evidence, according to court papers.

Williams also pled guilty to a burglary in Lancaster County last year. The actual break-in was committed three years ago.

As for the Charlotte cases, hospital officials and police say they are investigating, but it is too early to tell if Williams is the same person who attacked two female employees three weeks ago - just across the street.

"Our priority is to ensure that our employees, patients and visitors are safe when they come to us for work or care," hospital officials say. "We are grateful for our officers' swift response and that they were able to detain the alleged suspect who has been taken to CMPD headquarters."

In late June, two employees were attacked inside the hospital parking lot on the same day - sparking the hospital to offer a $10,000 reward for information.

The first attack happened around 1:50 a.m. on June 27th. The victim, a 26-year-old woman was stabbed during a robbery in the parking lot. The second woman, 27-years-old was attacked in the parking lot less than 20 hours later.

Kelli Hannum told WBTV that she was assaulted just after 6 p.m. inside the employee parking deck.

Hannum says she was overpowered by a man who approached her from behind and shoved her down some steps, but was not seriously hurt in the attack.

She told WBTV that she then fought him off.

"When I kicked him off me, he fell back into the wall, that gave me time to get up and just run," said Hannum.

In the first attack, a female nurse was leaving work at Presbyterian Hospital when she was stabbed by an unknown person in the employee parking lot across from the hospital.

"She was halfway in her car about to be closing the door when this guy ran up the left side of her car with a knife in his hand preventing her from closing the door," said officer Bob Fey of the CMPD.

Police say the woman began yelling and tried to fight off her attacker which got the attention of people nearby.

She was stabbed three times in the shoulder before the man ran off with the nurse's purse and tote bag.  Hospital officials told WBTV they believe the person's intent was to rob the nurse.

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