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Suspect escapes stand off with law enforcement at Columbus apartment complex

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Bobby Williams. Photo source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office Bobby Williams. Photo source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A possible hostage situation at a Columbus apartment complex ended without an arrest Thursday morning.

According to officials, Bobby Williams forced his way into a unit at the Eagles Trace Apartments on Torch Hill Rd. around 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Police say four children, ages three to nine, were inside when Williams broke in.

For more than four hours, Columbus police, the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office and a SWAT team surrounded the apartments, not wanting to take any chances that Williams may use the children as hostages.  The incident ended around 2 a.m. Thursday morning when police entered the building and discovered Williams was not inside. 

The woman who lives in the apartment describes her relationship with Williams as abusive, and when she came home to see his car parked outside, she called police for help.  She said she feared he was inside with her children and was waiting to attack her.  Sometime between calling police and their arrival, Williams manage to escape, but according to the victim, her door was damaged when he broke in.

In an exclusive interview with WTVM, Maj. Mike Massey of the Muscogee County Sheriff's Dept. revealed that authorities have felony warrants for Williams.

Jail records indicate he was arrested thirteen times in the past thirteen years, mostly for drug and weapons related offenses.  He is currently wanted for violating probation for one or more of those charges.

Williams is considered by police to be armed and dangerous.

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