7:01 P.M (MST)
Jason Williams was scheduled to be in court Thursday afternoon, but after having to be physically restrained by court officers prior to the hearing, the judge ordered he had waived his right to appear for the proceedings and they continued without him.
Williams was arrested in connection with an incident Wednesday afternoon in which he barricaded himself in an apartment at the 200 block of S. 11th Avenue following a domestic disturbance call.
Police were eventually able to get the suspect to exit the apartment, and he was taken into custody.
State prosecutors asked for and were granted their request to have his bond set at $500,000.
An advocate for Williams’ girlfriend, the one he is accused of abusing, appeared in court on her behalf.
The advocate pleaded with the judge to keep Williams behind bars, saying he presents a direct threat to the victim. The victim claims she has been attacked and severely injured by Williams several times.
She also said he has repeatedly sexually assaulted her, and that he does not deserve to be a free man.
Williams is facing three felony counts, including sexual assault and kidnapping with intent to harm.