Deputies arrest man high on meth for breaking into home

Published: Feb. 6, 2020 at 10:42 PM CST
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Tuesday morning, deputies out of Johnston, Coal, and Atoka counties responded to a home just north of Wapanucka, where a burglary had been reported in progress.

They said the homeowner was watching the break-in happen, live, as it was happening. She was not at home.

But her surveillance camera caught Sylvester Williams Jr. ringing her doorbell, multiple times.

Under Sheriff Gary Dodd with Johnston County said when no one came to the door, Williams walked around the home, and into the garage that had been left open.

While inside, Williams began to rummage through the homeowner's property, even making himself a sandwich. Before deputies arrived on scene, Williams took off on foot.

"The individual may be naked," Dodd said. "Because there some clothing items that were left behind in the yard."

Deputies found a trail of clothing scattered throughout the yard.

"He was walking south on state highway 48 here, wearing shorts, looking very strange, and he fit the description that was given," Dodd said.

Dodd and two other deputies found Williams about a mile down the road from the home.

They said Williams showed signs of being under the influence of meth.

Dodd said it's a good thing the homeowner was not there during the burglary.

"This subject does have a lengthy criminal history, everything from different larcenies and theft, to different drug-related crimes, even a conviction for attempted murder in Texas," Dodd said.

Williams was arrested, and charged with second-degree burglary and public intoxication, for being under the influence of meth. He's being held in the Johnston County jail on a $75,000 bond.

While officers were searching for Williams, a coal county deputy was involved in a crash. He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and is expected to fully recover.