Soldier arrested for using Army to run scam to steal civilians’ cars

Spc. Donyell Williams Photo credits: (Alex Wickert/Sgt. Jasmine Spain (1190th U.S. Army Transportation Surface Brigade)/Lee’s Summit Police Department

A US Army Reservist in Missouri is under investigation and facing felony charges after two men claimed he scammed them into allowing him to run off with their vehicles.

Spc. Donyell Williams -an alleged mechanic with the 348th Engineer Company- was arrested by the Lee’s Summit Police Department on a felony military desertion warrant last week.

Williams reportedly used Facebook Marketplace to lure people into thinking the military had a car repair program at the US Army Reserve Center in Belton.

Local resident Alex Wickert was initially happy to have the vehicle fixed- until Williams took possession of the vehicle and went silent.

Eventually tracking Williams down at the Reserve Center, and managed to get a hold of a supervisor. When he demanded the return of his vehicle, there was no vehicle to return.

Not long after, police arrested Williams. Not long after, he was released.

Another man, Corbyn Schuler was also duped by Williams.

According to KMBC, U.S. Army Public Affairs Officer Capt. Khoran Lee confirmed that Williams is now on active-duty status after he was marked AWOL.

“We are aware of the incident that occurred involving Soldier Spc. Donyell Williams,” Lee said. “The Army sets high standards for all of its Soldiers and demands adherence to the Army Values and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Since this incident is the subject of an ongoing investigation and it is improper for us to comment on the outcome. We will continue to review the information related to this case as it becomes available.”

The felony theft charges have since been handed over to prosecutors.

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