Brown County Jail inmate William Robert Smith Jr. was about to be bonded out of jail on two misdemeanor charges the same day he walked off a road work crew, authorities said Monday.

Smith, 21, who was recaptured the same day, remained jailed Monday on multiple charges including escape while arrested/confined with bonds totaling $305,000, jail records state.

Before walking off the road crew the morning of Oct. 16, Smith was being held on charges of interfering with an emergency call and resisting arrest, jail records show. Smith’s bonds at that time totaled $5,000.

“We were going to bond him,” said Nita Richardson, coordinator of Indigent Defense Pre-Trial Services office at the courthouse. “We won’t know. We were going to bond him that day. He had two charges that day. Both were misdemeanors.”

To be bonded out through Richardson’s office, Smith would have been required to post 3 percent of his bonds.

Coincidentally, sheriff’s officials arrested another man named Smith — Colin Garrett Smith, 31, of May — on an escape from custody charge Friday. He was also arrested on a bond forfeiture warrant for criminal mischief, jail records state.

Colin Smith was able to escape from a patrol vehicle while handcuffed, ran a short distance and fell down in a prickly pear cactus, Hill said. Colin Smith was peacefully subdued and remained jailed Monday, with bonds totaling $15,000.

In the Oct. 16 escape of William Robert Smith, Smith walked away from a work crew at the Precinct 1 barn on U.S. Highway 377 South, sheriff’s officials said earlier.

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. the same day, 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.