MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - A manhunt is underway for a Mississippi man believed to be heavily armed and possibly dangerous. According to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, multiple warrants have been issued for 20-year-old William Alexander Anderson.
Local 24's Dave Detling spoke to Anderson's mother who is speaking out, hoping her son is taken into custody before someone gets hurt.
"I just want to find my son," said Jes Anderson. "I want to know that he's okay. I want to sleep at night, even if he's locked up in jail."
Mrs. Anderson was frank when she contacted Local 24.
"I want other people to be safe too," she said.
That's why she's speaking out. She wants people to be aware of the potential danger he poses.
William Alexander Anderson, who also goes by "Alex," hasn't been seen since Sunday, August 5th.
"He didn't take any necessities with him," she said. "He stole a laser-sighted 9mm gun and took it with him. He stole a 380 handgun and took it with him and he stole my parent’s car."
The vehicle is a dark colored 2008 Chrysler 300 C with Marshall County Mississippi plates.
The family told Local 24 William battles various mental disorders, adding he was recently treated at a facility in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
"His past behaviors have, some have been violent," his mother said. "Some have been self-harming."
The family grew concerned after William reportedly stole his grandparents’ car and three firearms. Once they noticed he and the guns were missing, they immediately called 911.
"As far as I know, investigators put a BOLO out for the car," said Anderson.
Late Thursday, the Marshall County Sheriff's Office confirmed it is investigating and that multiple warrants have been issued for the 20-year-old's arrest. The department told Local 24 investigators believe Anderson is in Missouri, adding the U.S. Marshal Service and Fugitive Task Force is now involved.
As for the Williams family, they're hoping things end without incident.
"As a parent it's scary," said Jes Anderson. "I still don't know. Does he still have the gun? What's going to happen?"
Stay with Local 24 on-air and online as we monitor this situation.