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$1,000 reward offered for info on escaped inmate; work program on hold

Randy Allen Williams, 49 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center) Randy Allen Williams, 49 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Authorities searched Williams' home on Tuesday Authorities searched Williams' home on Tuesday
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Lubbock Sheriff's Office has announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of escaped inmate Randy Allen Williams.

If you have any information about this case, authorities ask that you contact Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

Sheriff Rowe says Williams escaped Tuesday morning by creating a diversion, lighting a fire on the back side of the garage, escaping out the front with a fleet vehicle when everyone went to investigate.

Sheriff Rowe said Williams, 49, was a low-risk working inmate and described his behavior as "totally abnormal for someone at his custody level."

The fleet vehicle was found at 82nd & Ash but Williams had abandoned it.

Authorities searched his home at 140th & Avenue L on Tuesday afternoon.

Williams was apparently at the residence trying to get his pickup running, but took off just before authorities arrived.

He is described as a white male 5'11. He was last seen wearing an orange inmate jump suit but may have taken the top off, revealing a gray undershirt.

Williams was charged with theft, DWI and possession of a controlled substance. On Thursday, authorities added arson, escape while confined, and another charge of theft to the list.

Sheriff Kelly Rowe says a portion of the Working Inmate Program at the Lubbock County Detention Center has been put on hold until Williams is found.

The program allows inmates to have various jobs during their time at the center, both inside and outside detention center walls.

Sheriff Rowe said the process of selecting inmates for the program is strict and complex.

"We're looking at their institutional history, when they have served, how did they function when they were incarcerated. We look at their current charges and their charge history," Rowe said.

A small percentage of the inmates who are approved for the program are allowed to work outside the center at various locations around the city.

These inmates, like Williams, are what deputies call low-risk.

"This is going to be low level charges," Rowe says. "A lot of misdemeanants, a lot of low grade felonies - non-assaultive type things and certainly no escape risks or escape history."

Inmates can apply for the program and, if approved, perform jobs for the center without pay.

Jobs at the detention center location include preparing and delivering meals and performing janitorial services.

Rowe says this program saves taxpayer dollars.

Today one meal for an inmate is around $.80.

"But if we were paying civilian staff out there, meal services could be $3, $4, $5 a meal, per inmate," Rowe said.

Sheriff Rowe says right now they are maintaining the inmate program at the detention center, but have put the on-site worker program on temporary hold until Williams is located.

"In any critical incident we will always conduct a full review of everything that occurred leading up to it. Our focus continues to be getting the individual back in custody."

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