Man Indicted on Rape and Kidnapping Charges After He Posed as Rideshare Driver

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Randall C. Johnson, 49
Randall C. Johnson, 49

A citizen’s tip led to the identification of Randall C. Johnson, 49, as the man who on May 24 kidnapped and raped a woman who mistakenly got into his pickup truck downtown thinking it was a rideshare. She was driven to a remote area where she was sexually assaulted.

The victim and a male acquaintance left a downtown bar at 2:45 a.m.. They got into a black 4-door Chevrolet pickup truck with multiple Harley Davidson insignias, including a front vanity plate thinking it was a rideshare. Johnson, of Lebanon, TN., allegedly drove them to a short-term rental on 9th Avenue North. The male exited the truck and was attempting to assist the victim from the vehicle when Johnson sped off with the woman still in the pickup. She reported being driven to a field some thirty minutes away where she was sexually assaulted before being taken back to Nashville and dropped off.

The investigation, led by Detective Amery Milligan, resulted in Johnson’s arrest today on a grand jury indictment charging him with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated assault.

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