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Armed man faces possible kidnapping charge in incident involving SAISD elementary student

Cocaine, .357 Ruger Magnum found in Woodrow A. Williams Jr.'s truck, police say

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SAISD sent the following statement to KSAT.com on the incident:

"We are pleased that the De Zavala Elementary School community is so vigilant about the safety of the students. This was demonstrated on the morning of December 8, with a parent, crossing guard and the school administration acting quickly in handling a serious situation.

As per the letter sent home to parents that day: A parent reported that after dropping off his child, he noticed a vehicle following another student. When the parent called out to the child, the vehicle sped away. The parent notified the crossing guard, and the crossing guard called SAPD. The suspect was apprehended and in custody a short time after the incident was reported.
 
At SAISD, safety of our students is of the utmost concern and we are thankful for the quick actions of the De Zavala parent and everyone who assisted in this incident."

ORIGINAL STORY: An armed San Antonio man is facing a possible kidnapping charge after he allegedly tried to get a child into his truck last week.

The girl was on her way to De Zavala Elementary School on Dec. 8 when a parent saw a car following her, according to a letter sent to parents by San Antonio Independent School District administrators. 

The suspect was identified as 52-year-old Woodrow Albert Williams Jr.

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In the letter obtained by KSAT.com, De Zavala Elementary School Principal Donna Finch said the incident occurred at 7:20 a.m. when the parent -- who was dropping off his child -- “called out to the child, the vehicle sped away (and) the parent notified the crossing guard, and the crossing guard called the San Antonio Police Department.” 

An SAPD officer was dispatched to the area of the school, where he met the parent who had called out to the elementary school student. 

According to a preliminary police report, the parent told the officer that he had witnessed the student walking to school when Williams drove up and started “talking to the (unidentified girl) from his truck.” 

The parent then asked the student if she was OK, and that’s when Williams “drove off very quickly,” according to the police report.

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After receiving the description of the truck -- a gray truck with a gray camper -- the SAPD officer found the vehicle near the school and conducted a traffic stop. 

According to the police report, the officer asked Williams where he was coming from, and he responded, “From the clinic on Commerce Street.” 

Williams told the officer he was on his way home in the Medical Center area, but got lost and turned around in the process, which resulted in him ending up near the area of the elementary school.

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According to the police report, Williams initially denied talking to the student but later admitted to investigators that he had stopped by the school and asked the student for directions because “he was lost and then drove off.” 

The police report says an SAPD officer met with the student in the school’s office, where she said Williams “pulled up next to her and told her to get into his truck” and she “got scared and ran away from him.”

With Williams' consent, officers conducted a search in his vehicle and found a .357-caliber Ruger Magnum underneath the front of the driver’s seat, along with cocaine in a box on the floorboard in the back seat, according to the preliminary report.

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Williams was charged with possession of controlled substance less than 1 gram, unlawful carry of a weapon and possession of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a drug-free zone.

SAPD said Friday afternoon they're still conducting an investigation into the kidnapping incident, but have yet to formally charge Williams.  

On Aug. 26, 2010, Williams was charged with possession of a controlled substance less than one gram and was released on a $2,500 bond three days later, according to Bexar County court records.

He was later sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to the 2010 felony charge.  

Williams was released from jail on a $1,600 bond the same day.

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