Deputy injured while arresting wanted man

Robert Williams (Image courtesy of the Durham County Sheriff's Office)

August 11, 2012 8:50:22 AM PDT
A Durham County sheriff's deputy sustained minor injuries after fighting with a man he was attempting to place under arrest early Saturday morning. The man, 47-year-old Robert Lawrence Williams, of Durham, also sustained minor injuries during the altercation.

The incident began just before 1 a.m. near the intersection of Umstead Road and Lansdowne Drive, when the deputy attempted to stop and identify a person walking down the road that he believed to have outstanding warrants for arrest.

After making initial contact with the Williams, he allegedly struck the deputy in the head and then ran away. The deputy chased Williams on foot for a short distance and soon caught him. A fight ensued when the man refused to comply with the deputy's orders.

Additional sheriff's deputies and a Highway Patrol trooper later arrived on scene, and Williams was eventually placed into custody.

Williams is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting a public officer, and attempted larceny. He is also being held on additional charges stemming from outstanding warrants for an arrest from a previous incident. Those charges are breaking and/or entering, assault on a government official, and assault on a female.

The deputy and Williams were later treated and released at Duke and Durham Regional hospitals, respectively. Williams is being held in the Durham County Jail under a $115,000 bond.

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