Former NFL Player Allegedly Pulls Gun On Teens Playing Ding-Dong-Ditch

Jimmy Robinson Jr. took justice into his own hands after kids were playing pranks in his Tennessee neighborhood, police say.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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A former NFL player was charged with assault after allegedly chasing down a group of teens and pointing a gun at them after they knocked on his door and ran off.

Jimmy Robinson Jr., a former linebacker for the Buffalo Bills, was arrested in Tennessee Thursday night and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, Mt. Juliet police said in a statement issued Friday.

Police say that a group of teenagers were knocking on the doors of homes in Robinson’s neighborhood and then running away. Robinson, whose home was also visited by the pranksters, got into his car to hunt down the group; upon finding them, he pointed a gun at them and demanded that two of the five teens get out of the car, according to police.

A map police published online shows the distance between Robinson’s home and the area where he allegedly located and confronted the teens. Alongside another photo of the map, this one shared on Facebook, police said that Robinson “threatened [the teens] at gunpoint.”

Robinson, 43, was taken into custody after officers responded to a report of an armed person in the Sydney Terrace area and found a group of people standing in the street, according to the release. One of the teenagers was charged with trespassing onto Robinson’s property, while another prankster, 20-year-old James Davison, received a citation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said.

Robinson was booked into the Wilson County Jail and posted bail early Friday, according to the Tennessean.

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The former athlete, who played for the Buffalo Bills for one season, now works for the Nashville Fire Department as an EMT, the outlet reports. Joseph Pleasant, a spokesperson for the department, told the outlet Friday that they are investigating the incident.

“We are aware of the charges against EMT Jimmy Robinson Jr.,” he said. “He is assigned to alternate duty in a non-safety related role pending an internal investigation. As part of our Civil Service process we will not be able to make a statement on his compliance or failure to comply with any of our OPGs because that could hamper further disciplinary procedures if warranted.”

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