Police: Man escapes custody after large crowd gathers

Daytona Beach police looking for escaped prisoner

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Dontavius Williams.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona Beach police said they are looking for a man who took off running while still in handcuffs Sunday morning.

Police said they saw 18-year-old Dontavius Williams at 831 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. around 2:56 a.m. Sunday while doing routine patrol.

Police said they approached Williams, who gave them a fake name. Police were able to hold and identify Williams, who was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault with a firearm.

Police said they handcuffed Williams and as they were investigating, a group of his friends started to gather around the patrol car.

Williams was able to disappear into the crowd while police were trying to keep everyone back, officials said.

While police were handling the crowd, Williams was able to run off with his hands still handcuffed behind his back, officials said.

Police searched by air and ground, but were unable to locate Williams.

Police are asking anyone with information about Williams to call Daytona Beach police.

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