Suspect who escaped federal custody captured in Florida

Sean Christopher Williams has been on the run since October
Officials say the escaped inmate who was seen in Western North Carolina last week -- is now in Florida.
Published: Nov. 17, 2023 at 3:49 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2023 at 5:48 PM EST
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SYLVA, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - A man who escaped from federal custody while being transported was recently spotted in Sylva, North Carolina, but investigators now confirm that he was captured in Florida.

In October, Sean Christopher Williams was being taken from Laurel County, KY to Greenville, Tennessee when he escaped. The F.B.I. has confirmed that an eyewitness saw Williams at around 11:30 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 17 in the Jackson Plaza shopping area in Jackson County, North Carolina.

According to the F.B.I., Williams escaped on October 18, 2023. He was facing state charges in Tennessee related to rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery of a child under 13, and especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor. He is also now facing several federal charges including escape.

The F.B.I., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement partners were searching for Williams in the Sylva area, however on Tuesday they said he was spotted by authorities in Florida. They later confirmed that he had been taken into custody.