Vicious attack leads to attempted murder charge

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Minani Rekadius

A Knoxville man was arrested for attempted murder Saturday night after allegedly trying to throw another man off a bridge following a head-on collision in North Knoxville.

Minani Rekadius, 21, was behind the wheel of a 2006 Lexus sedan when he made a left turn from a wedding party venue on Inskip Road about 10:15 p.m. and struck a 2007 GMC Acadia occupied by a married couple, according to reports from the Knoxville Police Department. 

The male half of the couple, Dewey Richards, 57,  got out of their vehicle to try and get the license tag number from the Lexus, which caused Rekadius to become enraged and allegedly attack him in the street. 

“Dewey made attempts to defend himself by grabbing on to the defendant,” KPD Officer Chris Ott wrote in his report on the incident. “The defendant bit Dewey’s hand causing multiple lacerations from his teeth. Defendant maneuvered Dewey to the railing of the bridge screaming, ‘I’m going to fucking kill you!’ (while) attempting to push him over the bridge with a 22-foot drop off to the ground.

“Dewey braced his arms on the railing trying to hold himself from falling over the edge in imminent fear for his life. The defendant bit Dewey’s back, removing a large portion of flesh, still trying to push him over the railing.”

At that moment a Knoxville Fire Department truck pulled up to the scene. Rekadius got back into his car and took off, nearly hitting the fire engine as he raced northbound on Central Avenue Pike.

He didn’t get far.  Officer Ott, who was responding to the accident call from nearby Merchants Drive, said he spotted the wrecked Lexus being driven down Central with obvious front-end damage and its “horn blaring.” When Rekadius was pulled over, he allegedly reeked of booze, had slurred speech and also had several fresh injuries that looked as though they came from a fight.

Rekadius was taken back to the scene of the crime, where a Violent Crimes Unit investigator and evidence technicians were collecting evidence and taking photos of Richard’s injuries as well as the bridge. A records check showed that while Rekadius had no previous DUI charges, his license was suspended and he didn’t have any proof of insurance, Ott’s report showed.

“My understanding is that the victim suffered severe lacerations from the assault, but his wife was not injured in the crash or incident itself,” KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said Monday.

Rekadius was charged with attempted second-degree murder, DUI and various traffic charges. He hadn’t posted bond as of Monday night and was still being held in the Knox County jail, records show. 

J.J. Stambaugh can be reached at jjstambaugh@hardknoxwire.com  

Published on May 4, 2021