Police: St. George man with criminal history returns to jail following escape

Composite image with background photo by Ajax9/iStock/Getty Images Plus, and overlay booking photo of of 20-year-old Gavin David Williams, of St. George, was taken in Washington County on June 5.

Composite image with background photo by Ajax9/iStock/Getty Images Plus, and overlay booking photo of of 20-year-old Gavin David Williams, of St. George, was taken in Washington County on June 5. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)


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ST. GEORGE — Following a multiagency search that went on for three weeks, one man is back in jail after police say he escaped custody the day after his prison terms were suspended.

Gavin David Williams, 20, of St. George, was transported from Salt Lake County Jail to Washington County by the U.S. Marshals Service and booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on June 5, where he remains without bail.

Williams was arrested following a reported escape on May 10.

One day earlier, Williams appeared in 5th District Court for sentencing on charges of first-degree felony aggravated robbery and second-degree felony destruction of property. The two prison terms of five years and up to to life and one to 15 years were suspended in the case. Williams was instead ordered to serve one year in jail, which he had already completed. In addition, he was placed on three years of probation and ordered to complete an intensive residential program at the Other Side Academy.

The following day, he was released from jail and taken into custody by the academy staff to be transported to the academy located near Salt Lake City. But while en route, Williams opened the van door and fled through downtown Salt Lake City, according to court documents.

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