Daytona Beach cops: 18-year-old wanted on felony warrant involving firearm escapes while handcuffed

Deltona teen still at large three days later; considered armed & dangerous

Deltona man escapes with handcuffs on from Daytona cops / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Dontavious Williams, described as 5 feet 11 and 180 pounds, of Deltona, is wanted by Daytona cops on two active warrants. He's considered armed and dangerous.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Dontavius Williams was spotted by Daytona Beach cops just before 3 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of S. Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard while on routine patrol, but he didn't stick around, even after being handcuffed at the scene. And three days later he's still missing. And so are the handcuffs.

Cops said they approached Williams, who gave them a fake name, but they hd an idea he was wanted and while searching on an in-car laptop, confirmed his identity and that there was an outstanding warrant charging him with aggravated assault with a firearm.

But Williams was able to disappear into the crowd while police were trying to keep everyone back, police spokesman Jimmy Flynt said. While police were handling the crowd, Williams simply ran off, his hands cuffed from behind.

A search of the area over several blocks by cops in patrol cars and with the aid of a Volusia County Sheriff's helicopter, proved fruitless. Three days later, Williams, considered armed, remains at large.  

A search of the area over several blocks by cops in patrol cars and with the aid of a Volusia County Sheriff's helicopter, proved fruitless. Three days later, Williams, considered armed, remains at large.  

Daytona cop narrative on teen who escaped while handcuffed / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic /At left is a snapshot of the narrative of Daytona Beach police officer Scott Brunier in in his incident report explaining how Dontavious Williams got away despite being placed in handcuffs. 
 

In addition to the initial warrant for felony aggravated assault with a firearm, Williams now has a second active warrant for his arrest on a felony charge of escape.

 
Copy of warrant signed by Judge Jaes Clyton for Deltona man who escaped from Daytona cops while cuffed / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® graphic /
At left is the warrant signed by Circuit Judge for the arrest of Dontavious Williams, alleging escape, after he ran off despuite being handcuffed by Daytona Bech cops early Sunday.
 

The new warrant was issued later in the day Sunday by Circuit Judge James R. Clayton, and has a no bond-status if and when he is apprehended by law enforcement on the active warrants.

Call the cops: Handcuffed escapee at large

Handcuffed escape from Daytona cops wanted / Headline Surfer®A police bulletin urges cops and citizens alike to "use caution as the subject in known to be armed with a firearm." 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dontavious Williams is asked to please call Daytona Beach Police Detective David Dinardi at 386-671-5219 or email him at dinardid@dbpd.us.
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.