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11/15/02

Search for Escapee Continues

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Brooks Williams has been eluding police for about 24 hours, and they say he could be very dangerous. He broke free from police around 7:30pm Thursday; since then, police have been trying to track him down. Williams is five-foot-five, 150 pound, with gold teeth and a tattoo on his left arm.

"We need everyone's help," said SPD spokesman Bucky Burnsed. "You have the picture and you have a good description of him. And we need to know where Brooks Anton Williams is."

The arrest on Thursday happened at 36th and Montgomery. Williams was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm. Now, escape charges will be added to that list. After the arrest, Williams was transported to the Chatham County Detention Center. That's where he got away. Police say a gate was closing and Williams somehow managed to slip through, still in handcuffs.

Officers searched for him for about three hours, and then resumed early this morning. In the meantime, the police department is taking a look at how it can make sure a similar incident doesn't happen again.

"We want to review how we do things and make sure we're doing things in the best and safest manner possible," said Burnsed, "and that review will take place."

Police remain confident they'll find Williams by following good leads and reaching out to the community for information leading to an arrest.

"We are actively pursuing him. We'll get our hands on him. It's just a matter of time," Burnsed said.

If you have any information, you're asked to call the Savannah Police Department at 232-4141or CrimeStoppers at 234-2020. An award up to $2,500 is being offered for any information leading to an arrest.

Reported by: Dmitra Denmark, bdenmark@wtoc.com

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