Lake Charles, Louisiana Manhunt: Authorities Search for Escaped Domestic Abuse Suspect Malik D. Williams

By Calcasieu Staff
Published June 19, 2024

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Updated June 20, 2024: The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has reported that Williams has been located and taken into custody.


Lake Charles, Louisiana – As of June 19, 2024, at 9:45, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was searching for 23-year-old Malik D. Williams, who escaped custody earlier today during an investigation at a residence on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Williams, who was being arrested on domestic abuse charges, managed to slip out of his handcuffs and flee on foot when a deputy opened the door to check on him. At the time of his escape, Williams was wearing gray Nike shorts, no shirt, and black and white Nike shoes.

Despite an extensive search of the area, deputies were unable to locate Williams, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Judge David Ritchie has set the bond at $375,000, charging Williams with domestic abuse battery and simple escape.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information on Williams’ whereabouts to come forward. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 337-491-3605 to assist in the search for Malik D. Williams. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the CloseWatch Calcasieu app or by calling Crime Stoppers at 337-439-2222. CPSO indicated that those found to be assisting or harboring Williams will face charges accordingly.

As the search continues, authorities are reminding the public to remain vigilant and report any sightings of Williams to the authorities immediately.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.