ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - UPDATE (11/14/2017):
APD has issued at set of charges for Edward Williams, the suspect in a rape case that lead police on a chase in Grant Parish on Monday.
Williams was charged with his warrant for Second Degree Rape, Second Degree Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment. He was charged for the November 13th incident with Attempted First Degree Murder, Domestic Abuse Battery with Strangulation, Second Degree Rape, Second Degree Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment. He was also charged with Simple Burglary for a separate incident on November 4.
Following the apprehension of Williams, detectives continued to investigate his actions following the initial November 1st complaint.
Early in the morning of November 13, a woman was abducted while walking to work in the 3600 block of North Blvd. She was battered and choked unconscious by the suspect before being put into his car and taken from the scene. Williams was identified as the suspect in this case, and further information gained in this investigation led to new areas to search for Williams.
When Williams' vehicle was located later the same day, the female victim was still in the vehicle as he was pursued by police. Once Williams was in custody, the victim was able to provide further information, leading to the charges against Williams.
Detectives continue to investigate these incidents. The identity of any victim of a sexual assault will not be released.
Several law agencies, including Louisiana State Police and the US Marshals, have arrested a man wanted in connection to an Alexandria rape investigation after the suspect led them on a short chase in Grant Parish earlier Monday.
According to a news release from the Alexandria Police Department, Edward Williams, 40 of Colfax, had a warrant for his arrest stemming from a Nov. 1 incident in which detectives learned that a woman had been sexually assaulted in her home and forced to stay there with the suspect. She was then forced into the trunk of a car and battered before the suspect drove her to another location. She was eventually able to escape the suspect and contact police.
The search for Williams went cold until Monday when a State Police Troop E unit located the suspect's vehicle on Kateland Road in Grant Parish. LSP Air Support responded and began searching the area, while LSP and members of the US Marshal's Office Violent Offender Fugitive Apprehension Team converged on the area on the ground. Ground units attempted to stop the vehicle on Hwy 8, however Williams refused to stop, leading to a short pursuit.
Police said that Williams then left the vehicle while it was still in gear and fled on foot. LSP Troopers were able to locate him swiftly and he was taken into custody. Alexandria Police took custody of Williams, pursuant to their investigation.
"We are relieved to have the suspect in custody, and thank both the State Police and US Marshal's Office for their help arresting him," said APD Chief Neal Bates. "This type of cooperation between Law Enforcement agencies is typical for Central Louisiana, and we are proud to work together to solve violent crimes and hold those responsible to account for their actions."
APD said that Williams is facing multiple charges, the details of which will be released later. The investigation continues, and more details will follow. No information is being released on the victim.