Authorities arrest Lufkin sex offender day after alerting public

David Adams (Source: Lufkin Police)
David Adams (Source: Lufkin Police)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Authorities have arrested a sex offender a day after Lufkin police had issued a warning against him for suspicious behavior at Lufkin grocery stores.

Angelina County Sheriff's Office records show David William Adams, 65, was arrested Thursday morning on a warrant for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Records show he had changed his address without properly notifying authorities.

Law enforcement officers stopped him in front of the Lufkin ISD Transportation Building on Timberland Drive and arrested him on the warrant. A press release stated that the Lufkin Police Department received multiple phone calls Thursday morning from citizens who witnessed similar behavior from Adams over the last few weeks.

"This is an unusual circumstance for a guy to present himself in such a dangerous way to our citizens, but we recognized the danger immediately and acted accordingly," said Lufkin PD Chief Gerald Williamson.

Adams was convicted in 1985 for raping a 25-year-old woman at knifepoint. He followed the woman from a Houston grocery store. Now, Lufkin police have issued a criminal trespass warning because the department received a complaint on Jan. 27 about Adams "watching and following" a woman at the Fresh Market Brookshire Brothers on Chestnut Street.

According to a Lufkin Police Department press release, officers issued Adams criminal trespass warnings for all Brookshire Brothers locations at the request of management Monday after the department received a complaint on Jan. 27 about Adams "watching and following" a woman at the Fresh Market Brookshire Brothers on Chestnut Street. Adams was given the criminal trespass warning after being spotted by management at the Gaslight Brookshire Brothers location on Frank Avenue.

On Thursday morning, Adams was given criminal trespass warnings from Walmart, HEB, Sam's Club, Academy, and Crown Colony Food Mart at the request of those businesses, the press release stated.

Williamson said a request will be made that before Adams is released from jail he will be fitted with the an ankle monitor at the department's expense.

"Hopefully, we can keep that on him as long as possible," Williamson said.

When Adams was questioned at the department regarding his Jan. 26 actions, he denied any wrongdoing, but disclosed that his conviction stemmed from an incident in which he stalked a woman in a Houston grocery store parking lot, took her to a wooded location at knifepoint, and raped her, according to the press release.

According to the arrest affidavit signed on Thursday, the sheriff's office received a call on Jan. 20 from a woman who said Adams had not been living at his reported address in the 800 block of Plantation Drive between the months of November and December. She said she had told Adams to leave the home at the end of the October.

Texas law states registered sex offenders must report address changes within seven days.

The Lufkin Police Department is urging the public to remain alert because of the likelihood that Adams will be released on bond, the press release stated.

Adams is described as 5'7, 170 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He drives a white 1993 Chevy pickup with primer showing the paint in multiple spots," the press release stated. "It also has a headache rack covering the back window and a pipe bumper on the rear. The license plate number is HRT-8536.

Suspicious activity can be reported via the Lufkin Police Department's non-emergency number at (936) 633-0356.

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