Man accused of tying up elderly woman in Mother's Day burglary arrested, charged in separate robbery

Man accused of tying up elderly woman in Mother's Day burglary arrested, charged in separate robbery
Joe Lewis Williams (Source: Tuscaloosa Police Department)
(Source: WBRC video)
(Source: WBRC video)

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa police say that a man accused of robbing and tying up an elderly woman on Mother's Day has been arrested.

Joe Lewis Williams, 52, has been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree burglary. Charges also stem from a May 15 robbery in the 200 block of E Hargrove Road.

Police say a 62-year-old woman was robbed as she left a business and that Williams forcibly took her purse. Police also say that Williams put a sharp instrument to the victim's neck and threatened her.

On Mother's Day, investigators say that Williams entered the 96-year-old woman's house without her permission in the 1400 block of E. 14th Street around 4:40 p.m.

He took her to a bedroom, asked her for money and then tied her up and locked her in a closet.

He fled with an unknown sum of money.

Williams was released from prison in January. He was out on parole for a Jefferson County robbery.

He is in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending a $150,000 bond.

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