Man wanted on rape, assault, cruelty charges

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY -- A man with no fixed address is wanted by the Albany Police Department for allegedly raping his ex-girlfriend and other violent felonies.

James Lewayne Williams, 45, is described by APD officials as 5 foot, 11 inches tall, weighing 190 pounds and bald.

"Late in the night of July 2, the subject (Williams) kicked in his ex-girlfriend's door and then physically and sexually assaulted her at her West Albany home," APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said.

Williams "has no previous address but has been known to stay at the Salvation Army."

Williams faces charges on two counts of rape, kidnapping, burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and cruelty to children among other charges, a police report stated.

"The police brought the victim and her child to us," said Silke Deeley, executive director of Liberty House, a shelter for abused women and children.

"She was reluctant to leave her home because she is employed and must support her child. She needed to hear her other options."

After counseling at Liberty House, the victim decided it was too dangerous for her to stay in the area, Deeley said. The victim and her child have been moved out of the area.

"We have only 20 beds, and we are full," Deeley said. "We moved her away. She isn't safe with that man loose. He belongs in jail."

Police don't usually bring victims to her organization for shelter, Deeley said, adding police usually give victims a list of available agencies that might help and phone numbers.

In this instance a police officer on the case had once worked with Deeley as an advocate, she said.

"Police need to call us and give us the names of victims at the very least. The burden of getting help should not be on the victim," Deeley said. "We are trained to be responsive to the victims and know the alternatives to staying in an abusive relationship."

A training session for Albany police officers conducted by Deeley and her Liberty House co-workers is scheduled for July 26, she said. The aim is to foster greater cooperation between police agencies and the community organizations that serve abused woman and children.

Anyone with additional information on Williams is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish-speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.