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Escaped convict captured in Stamford on election day

November 7, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD - A robbery convict, who escaped from a state Department of Correction halfway house, was captured on Stamford’s West Side Tuesday.

Police say that they received information that Christopher Williams, 22, had escaped the halfway house and was hiding out in a house on Myano Lane.

Police went to the home and surrounded it and then made contact with a woman inside the home. She denied that Williams was there, according to a release from police Lt. Michael Noto. As the officers were talking to the woman in the front of the residence, Williams attempted another escape out the rear, the release says.

But there he was immediately met by officers betting on just such an attempt and was taken into custody after a minor struggle.

No one was injured during the arrest. Williams was charged with resisting arrest and released to the custody of state police to be remanded back to custody of the Department of Correction. Williams pleaded guilty in November 2015 to a armed Stamford robbery and was sentenced at the Stamford courthouse to three and one-half years in prison, followed by five years of probation, court and newspaper record show.

“The Stamford police department would like to commend Sgt. Christopher Petrizzi, Officers Robert Bulman, James Comstock, Erik Soderholm, Ramon Gipson, Kelli Reynolds and Steve Estabrook on their fantastic police work,” Noto said in the release. “Apprehending an escapee is always a dangerous proposition and they used their experience to their advantage and took a dangerous felon off the streets.”

Noto said the police department also wanted to thank the concerned citizen who tipped off police to William’s location.