True bills of indictment have been returned against a man who was previously charged with rape in Alexander County. As we previously reported on WHKY, 35-year-old Julius Santez Williams of Yadkin County was arrested on October 16 by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony counts of first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, and assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He has since been indicted on counts of habitual felon, assault on a female, and habitual misdemeanor assault.
The initial charges filed against Williams stemmed from a home invasion incident where an elderly female was sexually assaulted on July 19, 2020 at a residence in the Hiddenite Community of Alexander County. On October 16, Information was received that Williams was in the Newton area of Catawba County. Alexander County 911 Communications notified the Newton Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office to the possible location of the suspect. Officers from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to Newton where they met with officers from Newton Police Department and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at an apartment complex on South Cline Avenue in Newton.
Officers spoke with a woman who said 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. Officers located Williams near the park, where a footchase followed. Williams was taken into custody on the Alexander County charges by Catawba County Sheriff’s Officers on Radio Station Road near Highway 10 in Newton.
Williams remained in the Alexander County Center under $1,275,000 secured bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Superior Court November 30.[Some information provided by Rick Gilbert, WACB]