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Cops working possible hostage situation

Clayton County police continued into Wednesday evening dealing with a possible hostage situation inside Saddle Creek subdivision off Panola Road.

Albert Williams, 50, was believed to be holding an unknown female hostage inside a home in the subdivision, said police spokeswoman Officer Charlene Frazier. The neighborhood has been on lockdown since about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Frazier said the owner went to the house Tuesday to open a window to air it out and was alarmed Wednesday to find it closed.

“He called his brother-in-law, Albert Williams, and asked if he was inside the house,” she said. “He was.”

Frazier said Williams has a history of domestic violence and assault but she is unsure if the female with him had a relationship with him.

“She was acting as a liaison between Albert and the police but it sounded like she was being made to say stuff, like she was under duress,” said Frazier. “We are unsure if there is anyone else in the home.”

Frazier said that, despite temperatures well into the 90s, the home’s air conditioning has not operated all day.

“We don’t even know if they are still alive,” she said.

Frazier said officers responded to the home inside Saddle Creek subdivision about 9:04 a.m. Wednesday. Frazier said the call came in as a possible domestic dispute.

“We got a call that a man entered a residence there with a gun,” she said. “We don’t know if anyone else is in the residence or if he is by himself.”

Frazier said no shots have been fired. She said neither Williams nor the woman is believed to be living at that house, and that it may be in foreclosure.

Clayton sheriff’s Lt. Brian Crisp said warrants were issued Monday for Williams’ arrest. Williams is charged with interference with government property and theft by taking in connection with stealing his estranged wife’s work keys.