Police: Man caught sexually assaulting child

UPDATE:  Police arrested 46-year-old Edward Raynard Williams, who they say was caught naked in bed with a 12-year-old girl.
 
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ORIGINAL STORY:
 
Police are looking for a man who ran off after he was allegedly caught sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
 
He's identified as 46-year-old Edward Raynard Williams.
 
"It is disturbing," said Yolanda Fernandez, St. Pete PD spokesperson.
 
A family friend of Williams, who asked not to have her identity revealed, told ABC Action News she has kept a watchful eye on Williams.
 
"He is a pervert," she said. "He is a sick individual, and I hate to say that, but he is a sick individual."
 
The woman claims she has called 911 on Williams several occasions for lewd behavior.
 
"I know he watches the kids at the bus stop all the time," she said.
 
At 1:15 a.m. Thursday, the victim's grandmother walked into the girl's bedroom and discovered Williams under the bed covers, according to a police statement.
 
When she pulled back the covers, Williams jumped through the the bedroom window, naked, and ran away.
 
He is an acquaintance of the family. It's believed Williams called the girl on the phone and arranged for her to leave the window open so he could get in the home.
 
The call to police came in as a burglary, but after talking with the girl, family members said there was more to the incident.
 
"He claimed the sex was consensual," Fernandez added.
 
The family friend explained that she is not shocked by the latest allegations involving Williams.
 
"I hope they catch him soon," she said.
 
Police said Williams should be considered dangerous.
 
A criminal background check on Williams showed he's previously been arrested for manslaughter, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed firearm, possession of marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident, brawling and disorderly intoxication.
 
He also served time in prison in Ohio. His record there stems back to the mid-1980s.
 
ABC Action News went to Williams' home in the 601 40th Street South but no one answered the door.
 
Anyone with information regarding Williams' whereabouts should call the St.Petersburg Police at 727-893-7780, Text-A-Tip 727-420-8911, or leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.
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