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ETX man held on $2M bond after leading officials on chase

William Wilson. (Source: Smith County Jail) William Wilson. (Source: Smith County Jail)

Smith County officials have arrested and charged a man who ran from officials Monday evening, by running into someone's home, and then jumping into Lake Palestine.

William Andrew Wilson, 20, is in the Smith County Jail, held on a $2.6 million bond.

Bob Bradley was one of several neighbors in Lakewood Harbor and Malibu Bay subdivision near Coffee City that helped catch a criminal.

"I was in my office and my wife called me on the intercom and says somebody had walked into the house and she mentioned she was going to go get her husband, and he ran," said Bradley.

"I saw him running in my neighbors yard, so I went over there and the other neighbor came out and before long the whole neighborhood was after him," said Bradley.

William Wilson was pulled over for an expired registration on his vehicle, when authorities say he took off on foot, with a weapon.

"In at least two occasions during the foot pursuit he displayed the knife at the deputies, and threatened them with the knife," said Lieutenant Dana with the Smith County Sheriff's Office.

Dana says after Wilson ran through the Bradley's home, he hopped over backyard fences, and finally jumped into Lake Palestine.

He reportedly told authorities he was going to cut his own throat with the knife.

"He thought that jumping in the water he was going to elude the deputies but they jumped in after him, and took him into custody in the water," said Dana.

Wilson tried to escape a few more times before officials were able to place him behind bars.

Wilson is charged with six charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief, possession of drupe paraphernalia, attempt to escape, burglary of habitation and resisting arrest.


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