JSO used ‘high-risk traffic stop’ to arrest man seen attacking woman on video, report shows

Woman says man charged with battery used ‘racist’ language before attack

Booking photo of Kevin Troy Williamson (WJXT)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An arrest report obtained Monday by News4JAX details how police took into custody a man accused of attacking a woman inside an Arlington gas station.

Kevin Williamson, 59, was arrested around 10:15 p.m. Friday on a misdemeanor charge of battery.

Note: News4JAX does not typically release the names and mugshots of those charged with misdemeanors but did in this case because of the notoriety the incident has received.

His arrest report suggests police were watching Williamson once a battery warrant was issued. According to the report, officers attempted to find him on Friday at his house in a neighborhood off McDuff Avenue, but a neighbor told police that he had left around 6 p.m.

Later, the report shows, police saw a car pull into his driveway and then initiated a “high-risk traffic stop.” Williamson was taken into custody without incident, the report states.

Once in custody, the report shows, he made some kind of spontaneous utterance, but it was redacted from the report.

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The attack that happened on May 16 at a gas station on University Boulevard was recorded from store surveillance video and shared with News4JAX by the 23-year-old victim, Rayme McCoy, who is Black.

McCoy said she walked into the gas station near her home and was followed by an older white man who was already involved in an argument with someone outside.

McCoy said the man was “ranting and raving” and using racist language and at one point, the man walked toward the counter where McCoy was standing and she asked him to back up. That’s when the man said he had a gun in his car, McCoy said.

“So at that point, I felt threatened,” McCoy said. “He put his beers on the counter in front of my stuff and I slid them over and at that point, that’s when he started punching me in the face.”

Video shared with News4JAX, which does not contain audio of the exchange, shows the man with a mustache and a green shirt punching McCoy in the face at least 10 times before he walks out of the store. The video was also posted on social media and shared thousands of times.

Warning: The video below contains images that some might find disturbing.

A woman told News4JAX a man used racist language before he attacked her on Monday inside an Arlington gas station.

Williamson was arrested Friday night, had his first appearance Saturday, posted $20,000 bond and was released Saturday night.

In court Saturday, Williamson asked for his bond to be reduced to nothing, but the judge denied it.

Records show Williams has been a registered sex offender for over 30 years. Court records show he is a registered sex offender and had a repeat domestic violence injunction filed against him that was later dismissed. There were two aggravated assault charges, one of which was with a deadly weapon, and both were dropped, court records show.

Booking photo of Kevin Troy Williamson (WJXT)

On Sunday, News4JAX spoke to a woman in his neighborhood who said now that Williamson has been released, she wants the police to watch him closely.

“It upset me,” the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said after seeing the video. “And it kind of traumatized me. And then when I looked on my sexual predator list, I actually saw the guy that lived across the street that was beating up on the girl, Williams.”

The woman called the police Sunday morning and filed an information report, making them aware of her concerns.

Community activists have called for hate crime charges to be filed. On Monday, Ben Frazier, with the Northside Coalition, said they are asking State Attorney Melissa Nelson to meet with them to discuss upgrading the battery charge from a misdemeanor to a felony or adding charges.


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