A Houston man is held on $1 million bond and charged with multiple offenses – including three felonies – after a Texas County Sheriff’s Department investigation Saturday.
Joseph Williams, 32, of Roberson Drive in Houston, is charged with felonies of kidnapping (class B), second-degree domestic assault (class D) and invasion of privacy (class E), along with four counts of misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.
Sheriff Scott Lindsey said a woman came to the TCSD office and reported being assaulted at a residence on Roberson Drive in the Houston area. The woman reportedly stated that on the previous day, Williams was at the residence and asked her to go into a room away from children so they could speak. Lindsey said Williams armed himself with a gun and made statements about shooting himself or her. She attempted to have children call 911, but Williams reportedly took the phone from them.
Lindsey said the woman reported that Williams choked her and held her down. Williams eventually released her after several hours, Lindsey said, when she agreed not to tell anyone what happened.
An investigating deputy also received information that Williams had told a co-worker what occurred, according to a report.
Williams was located in West Plains and arrested by the Howell County Sheriff’s Department. He was transported to the Texas County Jail.