Knoxville man accused of robbery, abduction captured hours after added to TBI’s Most Wanted list

William Leonard, 32,(Source: TBI)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A man who is a suspect in an armed robbery and abduction was captured Thursday night after Knoxville police received a tip that he was hiding near a building on Summit Hill Drive.

William Henry Leonard Jr., 32, was captured just hours after he was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s “Top 10 Most Wanted” list. He’s charged with aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony and aggravated burglary. TBI had a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

William Henry Leonard (source: KCSO)
William Henry Leonard (Source: KCSO)

According to investigators, Leonard entered an apartment at 725 Townview Drive, off of Summit Hill Drive, at around 2:00 a.m. and demanded money from a man who lived there. They said he then grabbed Harlea Webster, 16, threatened her with a gun and forced her to leave the apartment.

An AMBER Alert was issued by TBI at the request of Knoxville Police Department. The AMBER Alert was later cancelled after Webster was found near Town View Apartments, near where she was abducted. Knoxville police say they believe the publicity pressured the situation, leading to Webster being found.The 16-year-old appears to be okay with no surface level injuries, according to officers.  Webster was interviewed by police and sent to the hospital for a check up.

Leonard was arrested at 1100 Townview Drive, only a short distance away from where Webster was abducted.

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