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Police study kidnapping suspect’s phone, computer records

A banner welcomes home Caitlyn Williams in the 1100 of block Wade Hampton in Benbrook on Wednesday
A banner welcomes home Caitlyn Williams in the 1100 of block Wade Hampton in Benbrook on Wednesday Star-Telegram

Forensic experts on Wednesday pored over computers and a cell phone that belonged to an Arlington man killed by an FBI agent after he was accused of kidnapping his niece.

Investigators are continuing to investigate to be sure that Jessie Williams, 24, was not involved with more children, police said.

“We don’t have any information that other children may have been involved with the suspect, but we want to make sure,” Benbrook police spokesman Sandy Eubanks said Wednesday.

The girl’s father, Shawn Williams of Benbrook said he was happy to see his daughter, Caitlyn Williams, 9. She was brought home early Wednesday by Benbrook detectives, who found her in a motel room in Bossier City, La., where her uncle had taken her.

“We are very relieved to have my daughter back. She's doing fine,” Shawn Williams said Wednesday. “We are devastated with the whole experience involving my brother's death."

Acting on tips, officers and agents on a FBI task force from Shreveport, La. converged on a Days Inn in Bossier City, where they confronted Jessie Williams, struggled with him and fatally shot him. An FBI agent was wounded in the confrontation. Caitlyn was found safe.

Police declined to comment Wednesday on a motive for the kidnapping.

Craig Betbeze with the FBI New Orleans office on Wednesday said that the FBI's shooting investigation was pending, and no further details would be available.

Police first responded to the report of a missing girl about 3 p.m. Monday. Caitlyn’s parents told police that she left home about 3:30 p.m. Friday to spend the weekend with a friend but had not returned.

Family members had been unable to contact Jessie Williams for two days, which was unusual, police said.

Police learned that Caitlyn was seen with her uncle Friday evening at Capello Salon on Bryant Irvin Road in Fort Worth, where her long, wavy hair was cut.

A few hours later, the pair were seen at a motel in Fort Worth near Interstate 35W and Altamesa Boulevard, police said.

An Amber Alert was issued for Caitlyn at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, and shortly afterward an arrest warrant was issued charging Jessie Williams with kidnapping. The alert wasn’t issued earlier because an alert requires a specific suspect and/or vehicle, which police didn’t have until early Tuesday morning.

The alert produced two tips: one from an employee at a Walmart in Bossier City who reported seeing Jessie Williams on Sunday and another from a worker at the Days Inn who recognized the two at the motel.

Bossier City is about 220 miles east of Fort Worth.

Jessie Williams had a home address listed in Arlington and Texas Department of Public Safety records showed the same address for another man who is a registered sex offender. Benbrook police said that man was not a person of interest in the case.

Jessie Williams is a 2009 graduate of Arlington High School and had worked programming computer games, according to his Facebook page. On Oct. 6, 2011, he wished Caitlyn a happy birthday on his Facebook page.

This report has information from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

Timeline

Friday

3:30 p.m.: Caitlyn Williams leaves her Benbrook home to spend the weekend with a friend. She is to return on Sunday.

Evening: Jessie Williams takes Caitlyn, his niece, to Capello Salon on Bryant Irvin in Fort Worth in a rental car. The elementary school student gets her hair cut.

Friday night, early Saturday: Caitlyn and her uncle are seen at a Fort Worth motel on Interstate 35W and Altamesa Boulevard.

Saturday: Jessie Williams drives his niece to downtown Fort Worth where he buys bus tickets to Louisiana and abandons the rental vehicle.

Saturday-Tuesday: Jessie and Caitlyn Williams are in Bossier City, La. A Walmart employee and Days Inn worker would later report seeing the two.

Monday

3:05 p.m.: Benbrook police respond to a report that Caitlyn Williams is missing.

Tuesday

4:30 a.m.: An Amber Alert is issued for Caitlyn. Shortly afterward, an arrest warrant is issued for Jessie Williams, accusing him of kidnapping.

2 p.m.: Jessie Williams is shot and killed by an FBI agent as an FBI task force converges on the Days Inn. Caitlyn is found safe.

Source: Benbrook police, FBI

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