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Suspect in custody after holding girlfriend hostage for several hours in NE Houston

Houston police said they attempted to serve Robert Wayne Williams Jr. a felony warrant before the hostage situation unfolded.
Credit: Houston Police Department
Robert Wayne Williams Jr. (2018 booking photo)

HOUSTON — A man is in custody after police said he held his girlfriend against her will for several hours Wednesday morning in northeast Houston. 

The woman was unharmed, according to the Houston Police Department. 

Houston police said at about 6 a.m. they attempted to serve a felony warrant to the man -- identified as 32-year-old Robert Wayne Williams Jr., seen above in a 2018 booking photo -- at his girlfriend's house in the 8700 block of Valley Flag near Tidwell. Williams closed the door and refused to come out, police said. That's when SWAT was called. 

Police said they spotted the woman inside the home and it appeared she was trying to leave. Police are not sure if she was being threatened. 

The SWAT scene ended several hours later. Police said Williams was wanted for on felony warrants. 

Police said no charges will likely be filed in Wednesday's incident.


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