Home break-in and pursuit in Chalfant


Bryce Williams

Press release from the Mono County Sheriff  Public Information Officer Jennifer Hansen:

On Thursday, March 1, 2012 at approximately 7:00 a.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call from a 9-year old child stating someone had broken into his house in Chalfant through the bedroom window and was causing harm to his mother. The suspect was reported to be armed with a knife. Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies along with California Highway Patrol Officers were dispatched to the scene.

CHP arrived at the residence first and determined that two of the occupants of the house, a mother and child, had escaped and were safe in a neighbor’s house. A neighbor was currently over at the residence helping get another infant child out of the house safely. The suspect, Bryce Williams, age 29, of Bishop, CA, fled the scene in a blue Ford Focus.

Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted Mr. Williams vehicle driving at a high rate of speed southbound on Hwy 6 headed toward Bishop. Mono County Sheriff Units along with additional CHP Units and Inyo County Sheriff Units pursued Mr. Williams as he entered Bishop. Mr. Williams exited his vehicle at an apartment complex in Bishop and was ultimately found hiding in one of the apartments.

Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Mr. Williams without incident. Mr. Williams was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital for medical clearance and then transported to the Inyo County Jail in Independence for miscellaneous charges. Some of the charges pending against Mr. Williams in Mono County will include inflicting corporal injury, burglary, false imprisonment, and child cruelty.


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29 Responses to Home break-in and pursuit in Chalfant

  1. Big Rick O'Brien March 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Why in the hell didn’t they P.I.T. this guy on the outskirts BEFORE he got into town? A fleeing felon driving “at a high rate of speed ‘ is allowed to drive (barrel) through town…I’m dumbfounded.

    • Reality Bites March 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

      PIT can only be done at low speed below 35 MPH.

      Was the suspect a former boyfriend? It seems very odd that he would drive from Bishop to target this house in Chalfant. There is more to the story.

      • Steve March 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

        Yes, there is more to the story. Scanner traffic indicated that Williams had a restraining order against him filed by the victim.

  2. Big AL March 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Man, right on for that 9 y/o. might have saved mom’s life if not all of them!

  3. Dingo March 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    I wonder if Mr. Williams is showing his tough guy look for this mug shot. If so, I wonder why he was hiding in one of the apartments. I wonder why such tough guys choose to terrorize and victimize women and children.
    When asked to comment, during an interview, about the incident when Kayne West walked up on stage and took the a microphone away from Taylor Swift during an acceptance speech after receiving an award (when she was 18 or 19) I remember Mickey Rourke’s message to Kayne West was “Come take the microphone out of MY hand sucker”.
    Too bad we cant put this tough guy in LA COUNTY JAIL and see how tough he really is.

  4. Wayne Deja March 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    Lots of heavy charges he’s got there…now,hopefully,the court system won’t drop the more serious of them in order to get a conviction….or a plea…on the lesser.If he’s convicted of all those charges,along with the good possibility of having been in trouble with the law in the past,he’s looking at a lot of prison time.

    • j-spoon March 5, 2012 at 5:01 am #

      If I was the judge, I would sentence this POS to 1yr of working for Wayne Deja….. Baahwawa…. hahahah what do u think of that?

  5. Bishop lover March 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Big Rick …. gee where you there… you have no clue… CHP will pit when able. Try being a cop, get a clue big rick!

    • Big Rick O'Brien March 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

      Bishop dude or dudette…I’m sure you’d still be telling me to get a clue if that clown would have mowed down your kid in a crosswalk because he was allowed into town when he could have been stopped out in the countryside. It was just BLIND LUCK that it didn’t go bad. Maybe next time it will. Why give the benefit of the doubt to a dangerous, child-beating, fleeing felon? And what in the hell difference does it make if I was there or not? NONE of us were there… we’re (I’m) just putting in my 2 cents. This site is nothing BUT opinions. Some are better suited to remark than others. Some of us are not. YOU, for instance, might be law enforcement and maybe you WERE there. My comment(s) weren’t meant to demean the cops that WERE there. All I’m saying is that if I WAS there,I would have ran that a#%^*ole into dirt in a heartbeat, BEFORE he got into the city limits. BTW, Rick O’Brien is my REAL name. What’s yours?

      • Reality Bites March 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

        Big Rick, using PIT at high speed can kill the suspect and or the cop employing it.

        You have strong words about what you would have done when it was not your life on the line.

        Don’t quit your day job!

        • Big Rick O'Brien March 6, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

          I didn’t say I’d PIT the guy at high speed….I said I would have rammed him off the road to keep him out of a populated area where he could have very well killed somebody. Do the math ,REALITY. Ford focus (badguy) vs. Ford Crown Victoria, (goodguys). NO CONTEST! And why is it that anytime someone comes up with a smartass reply , they hide behind a FAKE name? At least I put my real name on MY opinion, why don’t you do the same?

          • Benett Kessler March 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

            Big Rick, I would only pose that, over the years covering scores of accidents, it’s possible ramming another
            vehicle a top speed might cause both to fly in the air and crash. Not sure, but I sense that might be the
            consequence. Benett Kessler

          • Big AL March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

            I think what Big Rick is saying, it should have not gotten into town. The PIT maneuver is a pretty tricky maneuver at best, even if trained. There are other ways to stop him, they could have spiked him.
            I agree totally with him about not allowing the chase to get into town, if it did, then back off an follow him, he wouldn’t have gotten too far, they already knew who he is, just let him go where he was headed, and arrest him just as the LEO’s did.
            I think some people here need to chill out about all of the mud slinging and grabbing at junk to throw at others because they don’t like their opinions, if you don’t like what you see, give a dislike. State your feelings in a constructive way without slurring the person, what is so hard about that?

          • Wayne Deja March 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

            Too bad in this type of situation we can’t go back to the old west days…only instead of riding on horses,we’d be in vehicles…Once the person fleeing was going to be a big danger coming into a town, putting everyone in danger,Law Enforcement,or the public could do what they had to do to stop the guy.If I were the one making the laws nowdays,I would make it legal for Law Enforcement to use lethal force to stop a pursuit before it got into a populated area.It would make these idiots think twice before they endangered the public with a speeding vehicle.

          • Reality Bites March 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

            Big Rick,

            Ramming someone at high speed can, and most likely will, be deadly for someone, cop, suspect or innocent person. You cannot kill people suspected of a crime or endanger the public at large. There is also the possibility of another person in the suspect vehicle, or the suspect vehicle going out of control and hitting a citizen’s vehicle.

            I am sure it works well in the movies, but real life is something different. I am guessing that is where you learned about high speed ramming.

            The only high speed pursuit ending technique that is authorized would be the spike strip since the hollow spikes let the air out of the tires slowly. Someone has to have the spike strips in their car and be in a position to set up well prior to the suspect arriving to the location. It has worked well for a long pursuits down Hwy 395 in the past.

          • Big Rick O'Brien March 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

            You are right, Benett, I’m just thinking that they should have or could have done something more to keep a high speed chase from entering the town of Bishop. Doesn’t the CHP or Inyo or Mono Sheriff’s carry spike strips in their vehicles? I know road-blocks are a thing of the past, but… The potential for a not so happy ending was huge in this case.It was just blind luck nobody was hurt.

          • Reality Bites March 8, 2012 at 1:53 am #

            Big Al, I agree with you 100%. Big Rick is slinging mud at the cops by telling them what he would of done when he has no knowledge, training or experience in Law Enforcement or high speed pursuits. A classic arm chair expert who is free to pontificate on something he knows little or nothing about from the safety of his home.

            Long on words, short on experience.

            There is a lot of set up time to set up the spike strip with specific conditions required. Pretty much only the CHP carries them in their units.

            The cops did the best job they could in a rapidly changing and very fluid situation. It is the fleeing suspect that created the dangerous situation not the cops.

  6. Pissed March 3, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    You can tell this doesnt happen often here. (The high speed chase)

    As usual it was a circus. Job well done but still over the top stupid.

    Some innocent bystander is in jeopardy at the act of someone who is paid to protect them.

    First, a silver unmarked police car came flying out of Grove on to main, blew the light and no lights or sirens while I was headed north on main street. Most of my attention was to all the lights by the Y intersection farther up.

    Second, so many cars was an overkill, 3 departments, my guess it was the complete full force we have here. What if by chance there was another emergency on the other side of town at the same time or shortly after.

    I can understand an adrenalin rush , but do we really need 20 officers speeding like crazy when the call goes out.

    Awesome 9 year old.

    • Big Rick O'Brien March 4, 2012 at 3:06 am #

      Pissed…couldn’t agree more.During these high speed chases, It’s not always the bad guy that ends up wrapped around a tree or worse, running down an innocent bystander.
      If a P.I.T. was not feasible, they should have rammed the guy off the road at the county line where there’s nothing to hurt but a barbed wire fence.

      • True Blue March 7, 2012 at 9:39 am #

        Big Rick,

        Ramming another vehicle at high speed? You first. You have no clue.

    • justwondering March 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

      you have to remember the mentality of most of our local cops, especially in Inyo County. They’re basically big kids with guns and cars they can drive fast. I don’t mean that nastily, just think about the ones you know….you know its true. and not much happens, so when something does, they are really excited!!!

  7. eastsider March 3, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Great job done by our local law enforcement. Yes this does not happen often here but they got him and no one got hurt. Give credit where credit is due. Brave child yes, but these cops will be there for you too if you ever need them. This idiot hide from the cops, the cops didn’t hide from him. Who’s the real coward?

  8. inyoindian March 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    I dont understand why my response wasent posted, That is lame, I dont expect this to be posted but whoever looks over these to determine whether it is public or not is definitly bias to some other’s for the fact i have seen name calling and full blown ignorance that was made public. but you all can continue to show how smart you all are and i will continue to make a diference on the for front through ACTION.

    • Big AL March 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      You’re not showing much action here inyoindian, if you want to show action, try being constructive for a change, so far my posts have all been posted, and it seems other have been too, I’m sure Benett and company would like to some of them especially when they get ripped, but I don’t see that happening.
      So far I have seen two posts from you where you have blasted the site staff and others and they are both posted here.
      You should try to read your words and think about how it makes you look. As I said bring something constructive or move on. We all can bring things to the table with some manners and consideration.

      • Big AL March 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

        *ughh missing words … *Benett and company would like some of them not posted*

  9. inyoindian March 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Anyways what i said that got my panties all in a boundle was these criminals dont mind going to jail if they break the law cause jail will look after there well being better then they can with there own freedom. It might have been wrong for me too say they deserve to be shot, but if you come to my house and terrorize my family, believe me i will do my best not to give you that chance. And yeah Inyo county has way too many cops, are they that inefficient that they need so much back up? I mean our communitys are so small is it that hard to figure out who is who? And then they take all they can get even if it is seeking out crime which we all know is illegal, but they need to prove we have a demand for all these cops, so make sure your seat belts arnt twisted and signal at every corner.

    • Rob March 6, 2012 at 11:52 am #

      Inyoindian – shooting him crossed my mind too.

    • Big AL March 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      Good post inyoindian .. One thing I would, is that it isn’t that they might be so inefficient, to require more cops. It is a homeland security thing in part, homeland security calls for more LEOs and funds departments for them.
      Also, they really are not any bigger in proportion to a town or area with a higher population. If you compared the Inyo S/O for example, to LA S/O … LA would outnumber Inyo 5 to 1 most likely., but then so is the population much higher than Inyo county.
      The other thing that gives us a higher number of cops, is having 4 different police departments with in Inyo/Mono counties. That is not taking into account, the other departments, Fish and game, Forest Service, and BLM, oh and the Park service, and the MWTC police at the Marine corps base.
      With homeland security such a big deal now .. there will be a bigger LEO presence everywhere.

  10. jose chavez March 8, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    regarding inyo indians post, i am with you big al. or as inyou indian my refer to, i am just agreeing with you so i can give our egos a boost……..


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