Federal marshals and local police have arrested a man believed to be an Arizona fugitive who escaped from jail more than 11 years ago while awaiting trial on rape and robbery charges.
The man, identified as Forrest Edmond Williams, 39, was arrested without incident Friday afternoon in Roy, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Rick Lovelace.Lovelace and another marshal began looking for Williams after receiving a tip from a marshal in Birmingham, Ala., that Williams had been living in Ogden under the name Frank Padilla.
In 1977, Williams and Michael Lorin Whitehead were arrested hours after the armed robbery, kidnapping and rape of a 23-year-old clerk in a Flagstaff, Ariz., record store.
Whitehead, 41, pleaded guilty 10 months later and was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison. But Williams escaped from the Coconino County Jail before trial and had not been seen since, said Flagstaff Police Sgt. Pascual Macias.
A federal arrest warrant had been issued for Williams a year before the Arizona crime after he allegedly failed to appear at a probation violation hearing in November 1976 in Birmingham, where he had been convicted of felony burglary, Lovelace said.
After receiving the tip Thursday, Lovelace said marshals drove through the neighborhood where Williams was reportedly living and followed a man and woman they saw get in a truck.