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Sheriff’s Deputy Injured While Arresting Wanted Subject

Post Date:08/11/2012
Contact: Dep. Paul Sherwin
Public Information Officer
Desk: 919-560-0871
Cell: 919-886-5516

Durham, N.C., August 11, 2012—A Durham County sheriff’s deputy sustained minor injuries while attempting to place a man under arrest early Saturday morning, according to Durham County Sheriff’s Office Maj. John Flamion. The man, 47-year-old Robert Lawrence Williams, of 2826 Ashe St, also sustained minor injuries during the altercation. The deputy and Williams were later treated and released at Duke and Durham Regional hospitals, respectively.
The incident began just before 1 a.m. near the intersection of Umstead Road and Lansdowne Drive, when Dep. T.J. Price 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 man, he allegedly struck Dep. Price in the head and then ran away. Dep. Price chased Williams on foot for a short distance and soon caught him. A struggle ensued and Dep. Price was unable provide additional information to responding officers.
Additional sheriff’s deputies, troopers from the Highway Patrol, and officers from the Durham Police Department quickly arrived on scene to assist Dep. Price, 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 arrest from a previous incident. Those charges are: Breaking and/or Entering, Assault on a Government Official, and Assault on a Female. He is being held in the Durham County Jail under an $115,000 bond.
Durham County Sheriff Office, Judicial Building, 201 East Main Street, 1st Floor, P.O. Box 170
Durham, NC 27701, (919) 560-0897
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