A man recently released from prison has been accused in the home invasion burglary of an elderly woman on Mother's Day.

Joe Lewis Williams, 52, is also accused of stealing a purse from a woman as she left a business on Hargrove Road East two days later.

Police say a neighbor who saw something suspicious on 14th Street East contacted authorities Thursday, a day after the case of the home invasion burglary was publicized.

A 96-year-old woman said her children had just left after a Mother's Day visit Sunday afternoon when a man forced his way in through her back door, tied her up and forced her in a closet.

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Investigators were able to gather information from the neighbor's tip that led them to Williams, said Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Brad Mason, commander of the department's Criminal Investigations Division.

The investigators now believe Lewis approached a woman, 62, as she left a business in the 200 block of Hargrove Road East Tuesday and forcibly took her purse, Mason said.

"He also put a sharp instrument to her neck and threatened her," he said.

Williams, from Decatur, was questioned Thursday and later charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping. He was still being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail with bond set at $150,000 Friday morning.

He was released from prison in January and is out on parole on a robbery charge from Jefferson County.

This story will be updated.