Sheriff: Escaped inmate back in custody

Published: Jun. 12, 2014 at 10:48 PM CDT
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Randy Allen Williams, 49 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Randy Allen Williams, 49 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe says escaped inmate Randy Allen Williams is now back in custody.

The sheriff's office says Williams was taken into custody Thursday afternoon by the Curry County Sheriff's Office in Clovis, NM.

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.

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.

We will continue to update you as we learn more.

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