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Facebook meetup in Texarkana leads to kidnapping, other charges

by Lynn LaRowe | November 22, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. | Updated November 23, 2021 at 8:48 a.m.
Cody Williams

TEXARKANA, Texas -- A man accused of attacking a woman he met on social media and later met at a location in Texarkana, Texas, has been charged with kidnapping, robbery, drug possession and other crimes in Bowie County.

Cody Williams, 22, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, allegedly arranged to meet an 18-year-old woman he had met on Facebook in Texarkana, Texas, to "hang out," according to a probable cause affidavit. The woman told officers Williams told her he was 18 during their online discussions.

The alleged victim reported that she and a female friend, who was driving, stopped in a parking lot in the 3600 block of N. State Line Avenue, Williams jumped in the car and began questioning her and her friend about driving back to Mount Pleasant with him and "possibly having sex," the affidavit alleges.

The woman reported that she told Williams they were not going to Mount Pleasant and thought he only came to meet her and "hang out."

"Williams then became aggressive and demanded money for gas since he had to travel to Texarkana, Texas," the affidavit states. "(The alleged victim) told him that she did not make him do anything and therefore was not giving him money."

Williams allegedly made statements about having a gun and allegedly threatened to kill the two female friends before snatching some cash the driver had in her car. The driver "possibly saw the handgun and got out of the vehicle to contact" police.

After the woman driving got out of her car, Williams allegedly began pulling the woman he'd met on Facebook out of the vehicle. The woman attempted to fight, falling and injuring her knee, but was dragged into a 2005 white Chrysler 300 that one of Williams' friends was driving.

The Chrysler allegedly began traveling on State Line Avenue with Williams and the alleged victim in the back seat.

"(The alleged victim) advised that she and Williams were in the back seat and at some point, she managed to get the door open, but Williams began slapping her on the side of her head and closed the door," the affidavit states. "After struggling with him more, she got the door open again and stuck her left foot in the door to keep Williams from closing it again."

By then, the Chrysler was at a traffic light near 3001 State Line Avenue and several Texarkana, Arkansas, police officers were in the area.

"They heard her screaming for help, then suddenly saw (the alleged victim) jump out of the vehicle and run towards them. TAPD (Texarkana Arkansas Police Department) advised they could see the subject pulling on her shirt trying to keep her in the vehicle," the affidavit states.

Texarkana, Arkansas, police units detained Williams and two men who were with him in the Chrysler until Texarkana, Texas, police could arrive and take over the investigation as the criminal activity allegedly occurred in their jurisdiction.

During a search of Williams, officers allegedly found a small bag containing suspected ecstasy and a small bag containing suspected marijuana.

The two men who were with Williams allegedly reported to police that they were afraid of Williams because they knew he had a handgun. Officers determined the two men were unaware of Williams' intentions, were afraid of Williams and did not intend to be his accomplices.

A black Taurus .40 caliber handgun was recovered.

Williams was arrested by Texarkana Texas Police Department officers for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Williams' bail amounts total $223,500.

He is currently being held in the Bowie County jail.

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