'Deserter' with local ties found; family baffled

'Deserter' with local ties found; family baffled

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 7:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte family of an Air Force Captain, who has been arrested after being labeled a deserter, still doesn’t know why he was on the run.

Captain Robby Williams, who grew up in Charlotte, had not been seen or heard from since he failed to show up December 23 at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

After he was declared a deserter by the Air Force, Williams was tracked down in Dothan, Alabama, by the U.S. Marshals Service where he was taken into custody last week.

“I’m just happy that we’ve seen him, we’ve talked to him, and he is okay,” said his sister, Virginia Wilson.

Virginia was able to briefly see her brother after he was returned to Shaw.

While she knows he is okay and is grateful, she still doesn’t know why he left the base with no explanation.

“The Air Force has to talk to him first so we’ll find out… sooner or later,” she said.

Robby Wilson never made any real effort to hide, said his sister.

When he was arrested he was still driving his personal car and using his real name.

Investigators found surveillance pictures of him checking in at hotels in North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

Another family member said he believed Wilson had a dispute with someone on base and that led to his leaving.

“I still say this isn’t like him… so something had to happen for him to do that,” said Virginia.

She said she did not know if the Air Force would move to court marshal her brother.

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