Brown County Jail inmate William Robert Smith Jr., is paying a hefty price for eight hours of freedom.
Smith, the 21-year-old who walked off a road crew late Tuesday morning, is back in jail facing charges of escape, unauthorized use of a vehicle, burglary of a building, burglary of a vehicle and criminal mischief, jail records state.
Additionally, motions to adjudicate for burglary of a building and forgery to defraud the elderly, and a bond withdrawal for possession of a controlled substance, have been filed.
Smith also faces the two misdemeanor charges for which he was initially arrested Oct. 1 — interfering with an emergency call and resisting arrest.
Smith’s bonds total $225,000.
Sheriff’s officials released further details Wednesday on the events that began when Smith walked away from the work crew at the Precinct 1 barn on U.S. Highway 377 South.
Sheriff’s officials alleged in a press release that Smith “burglarized a local business, stealing clothing and a vehicle and damaging a gate.”
Smith is believed to have taken a vehicle belonging to Ratliff Steel, sheriff’s officials have said.
At 7:08 p.m. Tuesday a citizen notified dispatch that a person matching Smith’s description was at Brownwood Regional Medical Center wearing camouflaged clothing. Brownwood police officers and sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and located Smith on the southeast side of the hospital.
Smith was taken into custody without incident.