Search Continues for Escaped Lubbock Co. Inmate

Published 06/10 2014 10:26PM

Updated 06/10 2014 10:38PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- The Lubbock County's Sheriff Office is searching for an inmate who escaped Tuesday morning.

The Sheriff's Office said 49 year old Randy Williams was working in a garage as a trustee Tuesday when he set a small fire to distract everyone, and then Williams slipped out and into a marked Lubbock County Fleet Services truck.

Law enforcement agents eventually tracked that truck down to an area near 82nd and Ash, but when they found the truck, Williams was not inside.

Their search then took them to an area of 140th Street and Avenue L. Authorities spent hours there searching, even with their SWAT team, but after searching the home, they found Williams was not inside like they thought.

Sheriff Kelly Rowe said they did, however, find evidence that Williams had been inside that home, and that they believed Williams had been trying to start up a truck there.

They then expanded their search and have continued to look for Williams.

Sheriff Rowe described Williams as a low-risk inmate, and said they are unsure of his motives for running Tuesday.

According to his jail record, Williams was currently being held on charges of theft, DWI, and possession of a controlled substance.

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