The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office has released some additional information regarding the arrest of a man wanted for rape in Alexander County.On Friday, October 16, 2020, at approximately 12:30 PM, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office received information of a possible location for 35-year old Julius Santez Williams who was wanted for Felony First Degree Rape, Felony First Degree Burglary, Felony First Degree Kidnapping, and Felony Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury. These charges stemmed from a home invasion incident where an elderly female was sexually assaulted on July 19, 2020 at a residence located in the Hiddenite Community of Alexander County.
Information was received that Williams was in the Newton area of Catawba County. Alexander County 911 Communications notified Newton Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office to the possible location of Williams. Officers from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to Newton, NC, where they met with officers from Newton Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at an apartment complex located on South Cline Avenue in Newton, NC.
Officers spoke with a female subject who stated that Williams had fled on foot from her vehicle on South Cline Avenue near the apartment complex. A search of the area was conducted by officers from Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Newton Police Department, and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. A short time later, information came in from a witness who saw Williams was near JC Park and the Greenway in Newton, NC. Officers located Williams near JC Park, where a footchase ensued. Williams was taken into custody on Alexander County charges by Catawba County Sheriff’s Office on Radio Station Road near Highway 10 in Newton, NC. Williams was transported to Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, where he was interviewed by Alexander and Catawba County Detectives. Following the interview, Williams was transported to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held under a $1,225,000 secured bond with a first appearance date of October 19, 2020 in Alexander County District Court.
Sheriff Bowman would like to thank Newton Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.