An El Dorado man had his first appearance in court recently after he allegedly assaulted a Camden couple in a home invasion.
James L. Williams, 50, of El Dorado has been charged with aggravated assault, residential burglary, first-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree battery and theft of property under $1,000.
Williams is being held at Ouachita County Detention Center on $1.5 million bond.
An affidavit from Camden Police Department states CPD officers were dispatched to Arkansas Street in reference to a robbery on February 1.
On arrival, officers met with a 71 year-old male and 63 year-old female who reside at the residence. The woman reported that an unknown Black male knocked on the front door, saying that when she opened the door, he asked if her husband was home. She told police she informed the man her husband was unavailable at the time and the man subsequently produced a firearm and forced his way inside the home demanding she give him everything she had.
According to the affidavit, the woman went on to say that she was pushed to the ground and was struck on the right side of her head. Her husband heard the commotion and entered the front room where he was confronted by the intruder, he reported, who told him to give him everything he had or he would shoot his wife.
The couple reported that the intruder stole the cash from the man’s wallet and left the residence after the woman activated her vehicle’s panic alarm using the key fob, she said.
The on-call Camden Police Criminal Investigator was notified and responded to the scene.
An investigation revealed a portion of the incident was captured on a home security video surveillance system. Officers subsequently identified Williams as a suspect and obtained a description of the vehicle used in the crime, according to a CPD press release.
Officers also learned Williams may have fled to El Dorado after the incident. A warrant of arrest was obtained on February 1 and Williams was located and arrested by the El Dorado Police Department at approximately 10:30 p.m. that day.
El Dorado police said Williams was captured on surveillance video driving a silver, four-door Honda that was missing a front bumper.
Officers later found the vehicle and Williams at a relative’s residence in the 400 block of Casa Linda in El Dorado.
Williams consented to a search of his bedroom and police said they found sweaters and gloves that were similar to clothing that Williams was seen wearing in surveillance footage.
El Dorado officers transported Williams to the Union-Ouachita county line and transferred custody to Camden police. Williams was then transported to the Ouachita County Detention Center where he remains.
The state is seeking habitual offender status for Williams due to previous charges including theft by receiving, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of a firearm by a certain person, as well as pending charges from 2019 including commercial burglary and theft of property; from 2020 including commercial burglary and theft of property; and charges from Louisiana which include two counts of purse snatching and first-degree robbery.
A February 3 affidavit also alleges Williams robbed the manager of the Airport Inn of $500 in 2020.
El Dorado News Times reporter Tia Lyons contributed to this story.