A Lincoln woman who had her car stolen at gunpoint by a man who led Omaha police on a wild crosstown chase said she is having nightmares about the incident.
“I was terrified. I couldn't get out of that car fast enough,” Alanna Brown, 22, said Thursday.
Police arrested Allen Williams Jr., 28, at 12:20 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of use of a weapon to commit a felony, use of a gun by a felon, robbery and flight to avoid arrest.
Williams was already being sought on a felony warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of methamphetamine.
He allegedly stole a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix from Brown outside a convenience store at 40th and Cuming Streets about 11 p.m. Saturday.
Brown identified Williams as the man who pointed a gun at her and ordered her out of the car.
“I wasn't hurt physically, but I still have nightmares, and I keep thinking about him shoving that gun in my gut,” she said.
A Douglas County judge on Thursday ordered Williams held on $450,000 bail and set a preliminary hearing for Dec. 11. Williams must pay 10 percent of that amount in order to be released from jail.
Brown said she came to Omaha on Saturday with her boyfriend and two of their friends.
She said the boyfriend, who had been driving the Pontiac, was walking to the gas pumps when a man approached. The two friends, who had been in the back seat, had also gotten out of the car.
Brown said everyone froze when the man showed a silver handgun. She remembers him saying, “I need a car, I need a car.”
When the man stepped up to open the driver's door and pointed the gun at Brown in the passenger seat, she saw “something crazy” in his eyes.
“I looked at those eyes and I knew that he could do whatever he had to do to get that car,” Brown said.
Police said Williams had arrived at the convenience store in a Dodge Ram pickup just ahead of several police officers who had been following him since an attempted traffic stop near John J. Pershing Drive and Ida Street.
Williams had allegedly assaulted a former girlfriend Friday night, police said.
He had refused to stop the pickup, but a police helicopter kept track of the vehicle.
Stop sticks deflated the truck's tires near 10th and Cuming Streets, but Williams drove the vehicle on its rims to the convenience store.
Brown said she got out of the Pontiac and watched Williams speed away. Then several police cruisers roared west on Cuming Street after him.
Williams was eventually arrested near 108th and Q Streets after tearing through backyards, fences and stoplights and driving the wrong way on Interstate 80, police said.
The Pontiac finally crashed in a backyard at 10779 V St. As the pursuit came to an end, an officer fired his gun, but no one was hit, and Williams was taken into custody.
Brown said a police officer told her the Pontiac is not drivable. She fears she will lose her job at a hair salon because she doesn't have reliable transportation.
Heather Williams, speaking outside the Douglas County Jail after the bail hearing, contended that police beat up her husband. She said her husband didn't have a gun and “would never hurt anyone.”
Brown responded by saying the gun and her fears were real.
“I feel sorry for his family, but I know he had a gun,” she said. “You make your own choices in this world, and he chose to rob me with a gun and drive all over town like a maniac.”