Inmate who escaped in McLennan County captured, facing additional charge

Stolen vehicle reportedly spotted in Waco area
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams(McLennan County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 12:02 PM CDT
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WEST, Texas (KWTX) - Authorities overnight captured Anthony Williams, 39, an inmate who escaped in the West area, according to McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

Williams was a trustee doing work detail outside the West city limits in the 800 block of Snyder Road when he allegedly stole a white precinct van and took off shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday. The vehicle was found in the Waco area at about 9:30 a.m.

Williams was captured at about 2 a.m. Thursday in the area of Valley Mills and Waco Drive. The sheriff’s office said he was walking about a mile-and-a-half where the precinct van was abandoned.

Williams was captured with the assistance of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Waco Police, and the McLennan County Constable for Precinct 1.

News 10 archives reveal Williams was arrested in July 2021 after he allegedly stole a catalytic converter and led authorities in a lengthy pursuit across Waco and nearby municipalities like Lacy Lakeview and Bellmead.

Records provided by the sheriff’s office state Williams is now charged with escape from custody, which will result in a transfer to a jail facility with more security.

Williams was previously charged with burglary of a building, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and theft of property.

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