A manhunt is underway in Tennessee after a man charged with numerous drug and child pornography offenses forced his way out of a police transport vehicle and vanished, according to officials.
Sean Williams, 51, disappeared from the back of a police van in Greeneville as he was being transported to a hearing on Wednesday morning.
When officers arrived at the courthouse, they found one of the van’s windows smashed out and the back empty.
“During travel, it appears that the inmate was able to utilize a component of the van’s headrest to free himself from his hand restraints,” said Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Williams was then able to “pry the protective screening and force the side window out of the rear of the transport vehicle,” Mosley said.
It still remains unknown exactly how Williams was able to remove his shackles while restrained in the van.
“This is an extremely rare situation to have an escape from one of those [vehicles],” U.S. Marshal David Jolley said Wednesday during a press conference. “I have a lot of questions about how this situation happened.”
Authorities are frantically searching for the fugitive and warned he is desperate and dangerous.