• Man just released from prison steals car in jail parking lot with 1-year-old inside, police say

    By: Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Penn. -

    A Philadelphia man, who was just released from prison Tuesday night, was back in jail Wednesday after immediately stealing a car from the jail parking lot with a 1-year-old inside, according to media reports.

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    Moments after Thomas Lee Williams, 36, left the Westmoreland County Prison, he attacked a woman in the parking lot and stole her car with her young grandchild inside, WCAU-TV reported

    He didn’t get far, though. Williams crashed the car about 15 minutes later and was soon apprehended in nearby Woods, the Tribune-Review reported.

    The child and his grandmother were treated at a local hospital, while Williams was taken back to jail on a $250,000 bond.

    He’s facing an array of new charges, including assault, kidnapping, robbery and reckless endangerment.

    Williams pled guilty to drug charges in 2017.

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