SUSPECT SEEN WITH BUTCHER KNIFE EARLIER WRESTLED TO THE SIDEWALK ON UNIVERSITY STRIP

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Joseph Earl Driver, 29, of Cottondale (Courtesy: Tuscaloosa Co. Jail)

UPDATE: Tuscaloosa Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Joseph Earl Driver of Cottondale. Driver is charged with was two counts of Robbery 1st and one count of Public Intoxication. He’s being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Bail is set at $121,000 dollars.

TUSCALOOSA – A suspect witnesses say used a butcher knife to threaten a group of young women was arrested after he was wrestled to the ground by a would-be victim.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the University Strip. According to Tuscaloosa Police, the 29-year-old white male ate a meal at Waffle House and refused to pay. Police say the suspect got into a fight with another white male. It’s uncertain if he was a customer or a passerby.

Witnesses recorded video of the fight and shared it with WVUA 23. The video shows the suspect being wrestled to the ground and held there until Tuscaloosa Police officers arrive and arrest him.

Police told us that earlier, the suspect threatened a group of young women near the University Strip with a butcher knife.

The suspect’s identity and what he’s charged with have not been released.

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