Ellenwood man accused of staging hostage situation

An Ellenwood man is accused of staging a hostage situation that kept Clayton County police officers busy for more than eight hours Wednesday, and made his first court appearance Friday afternoon.

Albert Franklyn Williams, 50, was arrested and charged Thursday with obstructing an officer. Warrants issued by the Clayton County Magistrate Court allege Williams told a Clayton County police detective that he was inside his home in Saddle Creek subdivision in Ellenwood. However, when police entered the home about an hour after the alleged conversation, the house was empty.

Police originally went to the property in response to a 9:04 a.m. call that an armed man had been seen entering the home. The man, later identified as Williams, had outstanding felony warrants related to an incident reported Monday. Police also suspected he was holding his estranged wife at gunpoint inside the home.

Court documents allege Williams told the detective he knew he had warrants for his arrest and was not coming out. SWAT and uniformed officers swarmed the subdivision and surrounded the house, staying in place until about 5:30 p.m., when they entered the home.

Warrants were issued Monday for Williams' arrest in connection with the theft of several items from the marital home. Those items included a set of work keys his wife, Barbara Williams, was issued for her job with the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the warrants.

A Clayton County magistrate set a $5,500 bond for Albert Williams and appointed a public defender to represent him on the charges.