Naked convict falls through ceiling of Hattiesburg apartment

By David McRaney - bio | email

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (RNN) - Devon Laird was brushing his teeth when it happened.

The 23-year-old Hattiesburg resident was getting ready for work in his Foxgate apartment when he heard thumping overhead and then a crash. When his girlfriend, Kaliegh Townsend, started screaming, he ran into the living room.

"She was yelling, 'Get out! Get out!,'" said Laird. "There was a hole in the ceiling, insulation everywhere, and a naked man lying on our floor."

Laird and Townsend froze as a nude man in his 30s opened the door to their second-story apartment and bolted outside. Then, Laird said, the man walked back in and asked if the couple would lend him a pair of shorts.

They couple yelled for the naked man to leave, and he did. Minutes later officials from the Lamar County Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi Department of Corrections arrived. Laird says they told him the man was an escaped convict.

According to Laird, the police were knocking on doors in the apartment complex and may have spooked the man they were searching for. He then scurried into the shared attic by way of a closet next door.

Officials say they have since captured the man. His name is Patrick Williams, 33, of Adams County. He was convicted in February of 2007 on possession of cocaine. He served a two-year sentence and was placed on three-years' probation. A warrant was issued in 2010 for his arrest because of failure to report to his probation officer.

More details will be added here as they come in, including photos and videos from inside the apartment.

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