Va. Beach detectives looking for man who escaped from custody

34-year-old John Knox Williams III

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach detectives are looking for 34-year-old John Knox Williams III.

Police say he escaped from custody outside the courthouse. According to Officer Tonya Pierce, Williams was in court when an officer advised him he had felony warrants on him, he was not free to leave and a deputy would be taking him into custody.

At some point, Pierce says, Williams left the courthouse without force and has not been located since. A warrant for his arrest was then issued Monday.

Williams is also wanted for child endangerment, two counts of forging public records, two counts of identity fraud, refuse to give ID to police and driving on a suspended license.

Williams is described as 5’ 9” tall, approximately 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo on his back and shoulder.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠.

34-year-old John Knox Williams III

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