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America's Most Wanted fugitive discovered by local organization

By: Michelle Langowski
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - A California fugitive is recognized by an Amarillo tipster after checking in to the Salvation Army. 

Just hours after a recent episode of the nationally syndicated show "America's Most Wanted" aired on Saturday, a California suspect was reported to be hiding out in Amarillo.

"What happen was, he came in one night and wanted a place to stay, he said he was traveling through, that he was a preacher. Then later that same evening he got sick, so I called an ambulance and they took him to the hospital," said The Salvation Army men's lodge coordinator Kenny Freeman.

America's most wanted featured a mug shot of fifty-two year old Otis James Williams last weekend on their show.

They stated Williams is facing charges in Sacramento, California for child molestation.

A red flag was raised by a client at a local organization who was watching and said he recognized the man in question.

I was very shocked, I was not expecting something like that.

I thought he was joking, so I had one of my guys on staff print out his picture and sure enough, there it was.

Williams had been going by an alias of Santiago while at the shelter and hospital, once the connection was made, they immediately contacted the Amarillo Police Department of his whereabouts.

"So again, the necessity of I.D. And background checks - thats the protocol here, we have to do this and this is a reason why," said Major Tim Grider.

APD went to the shelter and ran the license plate off his motorcycle and confirmed this was Otis Williams.

He was arrested by police and booked at the Potter County Jail where he remains in the medical ward.

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