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Naked convict falls through ceiling of Hattiesburg apartment

Patrick Williams - Courtesy: MDOC Patrick Williams - Courtesy: MDOC

By David McRaney - bio | email

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Kaliegh Townsend was barely awake when it happened.

The 23-year-old Hattiesburg resident was getting ready for work at around 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday in her Foxgate apartment when she heard thumping overhead and then a crash.

"I was yelling, 'Get out! Get out!,'" said Townsend. "There was a hole in the ceiling, insulation everywhere, and a naked man lying on the floor."

Townsend froze as a nude man in his 30s opened the door to her second-story apartment and bolted outside. Then, Townsend said, the man walked back in and asked if she would lend him a pair of shorts. When she refused, he grabbed a jacket from a nearby hanger and covered himself.

She yelled for the naked man to leave, and he did. Minutes later officials from the Lamar County Sheriff's Department and the Mississippi Department of Corrections arrived. Townsend says they told her the man was a parole violator.

According to Townsend, the police were knocking on doors in the apartment complex and may have spooked the man they were searching for. He then scurried into the shared attic by way of a closet next door.

Officials say they have since captured the man. His name is Patrick Williams, 33, of Adams County. He was convicted in February of 2007 on possession of cocaine. He served a two-year sentence and was placed on three-years' probation. A warrant was issued in 2010 for his arrest because of failure to report to his probation officer. 

More details will be added here as they come in, including photos and videos from inside the apartment.

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