SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The latest chapter in a nine-year, on-again, off-again relationship between an estranged couple included the Monday night arrest of the San Augustine County Judge's son, according to the San Augustine County sheriff.
Sheriff David Smith said they arrested Brandy Williams, 31, of Broaddus Monday night as he was coming back from Angelina County.
A warrant was signed for his arrest, on charges of assault/family violence, unlawful restraint and aggravated sexual assault, Friday night.
"He was visiting his wife at a hospital in Lufkin, but didn't know I was there too," Smith said. "But he left before we could serve the warrant."
Smith said the wife went with Williams to his house on FM 1277, where they did meth together then got into an argument.
"He assaulted her several times that night and wouldn't let her leave the house," Smith said.
Smith said the woman called her mother after he left the next day to come get her. Her father called the sheriff's office.
"We went there and advised her to go check it out," Smith said.
That is when the woman checked into a Lufkin hospital and the warrant was made for Williams' arrest that night.
Smith said they asked for the help of Lufkin Police and the Angelina County Sheriff's Office in locating Williams, but it was a phone call from the woman Monday night that helped them arrest Williams.
The woman called Williams, who told her he was coming back into San Augustine County. Smith said a deputy waited for Williams at the county line and arrested him when he came over, on a traffic stop.
Smith said members of the woman's family were not pleased with the way his office had handled the case, because he's the son of County Judge Randy Williams.
"We did our job," Smith said. "They felt we weren't doing what we could, but we did."
Smith said the wife was not very cooperative with law enforcement and felt prosecutors would have to pursue the charges against Williams without her cooperation. He said there had been previous incidences where the wife declined to press charges.
"We've been trying to get her to write a statement, we finally got one from her at 2 today," Smith said.
"This is a long back-and-forth deal," Smith said. "It's been going back-and-forth for nine years."
Williams is being held in the San Augustine County Jail on a $200,000 bond.
A call to Judge Williams cell phone was not immediately returned.