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McLennan County deputies capture escaped inmate in Waco

Anthony Wayne Williams, 39, escaped in the City of West. Deputies say they found the inmate in Waco.

WEST, Texas — A manhunt has ended for an inmate who escaped the City of West Wednesday morning, according to the McLennan County Sheriff's Office.

Early Thursday around 2:30 a.m., 39-year-old Anthony Wayne Williams was found and arrested in the Waco area, according to a statement released by the sheriff's office. 

Deputies say Williams escaped police custody around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after he stole a precinct van at 823 Snyder Rd.

Williams was last seen driving that van, described to be a white Chevrolet 15-passenger van, from West toward Waco, but later found the van on Grim Avenue in Waco, deputies say. Williams, on the other hand, was still missing.

Williams was previously jailed for forgery and theft-related charges, deputies said.

Credit: McLennan County Sheriff's Office
Mugshot of Anthony Williams, 39.