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Early Morning Standoff Ends In Central Texas Teen's Arrest

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

A Central Texas teenager was arrested early Friday morning after holding police and sheriff’s deputies at bay.

Joseph James Williams III (Jail photo)

MCGREGOR (May 17, 2013)-A McGregor man was arrested early Friday morning after he held police and sheriff's deputies at bay for a short time.

Hewitt Deputy Police Chief Tuck Saunders said officers arrested Joseph James Williams, III, 19 at a residence in McGregor and took him to the McLennan County Jail, where Friday afternoon he was listed as held in lieu of bonds totaling $10,000, charged with aggravated assault family violence and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle out of Brown County.

The incident actually began at about 2:30 a.m. in Hewitt as officers there attempted to arrest a man who had been involved in a domestic disturbance, McGregor police Chief James Burson said.

The man's name was not immediately released.

Burson said Hewitt police notified McGregor that the man fled to his grandparents' house in McGregor.

McGregor police officers on patrol noticed a vehicle that was similar to the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop it.

The driver refused to stop and made his way to a home at 4th and Cleveland, where his grandparents live.

His grandparents were not home at the time but a woman who was believed to be his girlfriend was with him, Burson said.

McLennan County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Matt Cawthon said he was notified at about 4 a.m. that the man had barricaded himself inside a house at 4th and Cleveland.

Cawthon said the McLennan County sheriff's SWAT team was sent to McGregor to assist.

By about 5 a.m. the suspect had agreed to surrender and was taken into custody without further incident.

The woman who was being held inside was freed and no one was injured, Burson said.


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