The search is over for a Montgomery County inmate authorities say escaped custody early Wednesday morning.
Adam Williams escaped from the Conroe Regional Hospital, where he had been since last Thursday. A guard discovered that Williams had gotten out of leg restraints around 3:00 a.m.
Authorities spent the better part of the day Wednesday searching for Williams. Around 3:30 p.m. two TABC agents spotted Williams under the San Jacinto Bridge at Interstate 45 walking along the railroad tracks. Williams was wearing a camouflage long sleeve T-shirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap.
When Williams saw the agents, authorities say, he scaled a fence and ran off into the woods.
Multiple Sheriff's deputies, Conroe Police Officers, Deputy Constable's, and Department of Public Safety Troopers from surrounding areas converged making every attempt to contain Williams. Initial efforts using local tracking dogs were unsuccessful. Tracking dogs with horses from the Texas Department of Corrections, Winn Unit were called and arrived around 7:10 pm.
A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter began searching the area using heat seeking technology. The suspect was located in a heavily wooded area not far from where he was last seen by the TABC agents. The pilot of the helicopter was able to guide law enforcement officials toward Williams. Around 11 p.m. deputies located him in a tree nearly 30 feet above the ground. Authorities say Williams initially refused to surrender and began cutting his wrists with a pocket knife.
Williams finally came down from the tree. He was examined by EMS personnel, then taken to the Montgomery County jail. His self-inflicted wounds were superficial.
Williams has been charged with Escape and bond has been set at $500,000.
The 29-year-old from Cleveland, Texas, was initially being held on outstanding warrants in Liberty County and on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon. He had been in custody since September 1. He also had prior arrests for burglaries, theft of a firearm, credit card abuse, evading arrest, and escape.
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