Heisman winner questioned in Tyler incident

Heisman winner questioned in Tyler incident
Source: KLTV
Source: KLTV

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Heisman trophy winner Ricky Williams was briefly detained by Tyler police in the parking lot of a South Broadway hotel.

Williams was in Tyler on Jan. 11 for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award banquet.

In an interview with the Dudley and Bob with Matt Show on Austin's KLBJ 93.7 that aired Wednesday morning, Williams said he arrived a few hours early and decided to go for a walk.

Tyler police records show officers were sent to the 8000 block of Yale Drive about 3:20 p.m. after receiving a call about a suspicious person. The man who placed that call says he didn't recognize Williams and was concerned about what he saw.

"He didn't threaten me in any way, but he was hanging out in this wooded area, crouching down behind the bushes," the man said Wednesday.

Williams told the radio show that he was questioned with his hands behind his back, but never handcuffed. He also said that the police officers apologized once the misunderstanding was cleared up.

An incident report filed by Tyler police shows that four officers were at the scene, and no arrest is documented in connection to the incident.

Tyler police released a statement about the incident Wednesday afternoon.

"On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tyler Police received a call from a resident in the 8200 block of Yale in reference to a suspicious person behind his fence line in his backyard. 

The caller stated that his dog was barking in his backyard as if someone was back there. The caller then observed a black male, wearing all black crouched down behind his wire fence in a green belt area that backed up to the Courtyard Marriott. The homeowner made verbal contact with the subject who asked the owner if he was looking for his dog. The subject then continued a short distance to the north climbing over the fence into the Colonial Hills Baptist Church rear parking lot. After the subject left the area the homeowner called the police. 

While checking the area police contacted a construction worker with Saltgrass Steak House and were advised that a person matching the description had been seen in the area. The worker stated that the person picked up a tape measure and was going to walk off with it. He told the subject that the property did not belong to him and it was returned.

Around 4 p.m. officers located a subject matching the description provided by the caller just north of the Courtyard Marriott. Officers conducted a short investigation in reference to the suspicious person call. During the course of the interview, officers identified the individual as Ricky Williams. After obtaining all of the necessary information officers completed the contact with Mr. Williams. 
No further action was taken by officers."

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