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Update: Escaped McLennan County inmate captured

Posted at 5:34 PM, Oct 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-14 14:44:22-04

UPDATE: A 39-year-old inmate who escaped from a McLennan County work detail early Wednesday has been captured.

Anthony Wayne Williams was caught about 2:30 a.m. Thursday in the "Waco area," according to the McLennan County Sheriff's Office.

Williams reportedly stole a passenger van from the Precinct 3 barn in McLennan County and was last seen, before his arrest, in the West area heading toward Waco.

He had been in custody on forgery and theft charges, but didn't have a history of violence.

ORIGINAL STORY: The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an escaped inmate, 39-year-old Anthony Williams.

Williams escaped from custody around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday while he was conducting a work detail near the 800 block of Snyder Road. The sheriff's office said Williams fled with a stolen county vehicle from the Precinct 3 work barn.

The vehicle is a white Chevrolet 15-passenger van with Texas Exempt license plate number 1356056. The vehicle has McLennan County precinct markings on the side with a gold star, according to the sheriff's office.

The City of West Police Department said it is keeping an eye out for the escaped inmate. However, the sheriff's office said Williams was last seen traveling towards Waco.

Chief Deputy David Kilcrease said that Williams was in custody for forgery and theft-related charges.

Kilcrease said the escaped inmate does not have a history of violence.