Nashville police on Monday charged a woman with trying to extort money from Titans receiver Damian Williams according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.
Shelley Anne David of Antioch was charged with one count of extortion and was being held on bond. Detectives said the 22-year-old woman attempted to extort $5,000 from Williams.
David was arrested in a parking lot at 31st and West End Avenue after meeting with Williams and receiving a $5,000 cashier’s check from him. David filed a domestic assault complaint against Williams earlier this month.
The meeting on Monday was monitored by undercover police officers.
“Damian Williams, in the presence of detectives, placed a phone call to Shelley David this morning and arranged for a meeting,’’ Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said. “David received a $5,000 cashier’s check from Williams and gave him a signed note saying she would not appear in any court proceedings against him. At that point she was taken into custody.”
According police, David called police to her Antioch apartment on Saturday, June 4, and alleged that she and Williams had been involved in an argument at his West Nashville apartment in the early morning hours of Friday, June 3 after the two and others had returned from a nightclub. David told police that Williams grabbed her by the arms during the argument to remove her from his bedroom/bathroom area and that she received bruises to her body as a result.
Police said the officer who responded to the call noticed bruises and took David to the Domestic Violence Division, but she was unsure whether she wanted to prosecute. Because of the evidence, however, as per police policy, a misdemeanor assault warrant on David’s behalf was issued. When efforts to locate Williams that day were unsuccessful, police got word to his legal counsel.
The allegations were disputed, and the police department and the District Attorney’s Office later learned that David had sent Williams several text messages asking for money in exchange for not pursuing the assault case. On Monday morning, while being monitored by detective, Williams placed a call to David to arrange a meeting for the payment of $5,000. After receiving the check this afternoon, David gave Williams a signed note saying that she would not appear in court against him.
The District Attorney’s Office today cancelled the assault warrant.