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Following Arkansas manhunt, trainer back to face sex charges in Hillsborough

TAMPA —A personal trainer arrested in Arkansas last week after a manhunt has been brought back to town, where he is being held without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail.

About 30 women have complained to authorities about Tampa trainer James Elbert Williams' behavior — characterizing it from creepy to criminal — and three so far have resulted in formal charges.

Earlier this month, federal marshals tracked Williams, 39, down to his hometown of Little Rock, Ark., and arrested him on a sexual battery warrant. He posted bail the next day.

Then on July 22, they got another request. An incident had prompted another arrest warrant. So six marshals headed to Williams' father's trailer, in a rural area east of Little Rock.

As they pulled up, Williams stood barefoot in the back yard. He saw them coming and ran.

After a three-hour manhunt through a bramble of trees, marshals arrested him.

He was returned to jailers in Hillsborough County about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the Sheriff's Office said.

Following Arkansas manhunt, trainer back to face sex charges in Hillsborough 07/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 9:53pm]
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