‘Affluenza Teen’ reminds Wesley Chapel father of man accused of killing his son

William Angel, family photo

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA) — When Wade Angel saw that “Affluenza Teen” Ethan Couch was on the run, he wasn’t surprised.

“Kids like that who are always coddled and bailed out of things when they finally get in a situation where they can’t be bailed out  they take off,” said Angel about Couch, who he said reminds him of the man accused of killing his son.

Wade’s son William was killed in 2012 by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275. Christopher Ponce is accused of hitting and killed William and was charged with DUI Manslaughter. But while out on bond Ponce cut off his ankle bracelet and hasn’t been seen since.

“I’m sure wherever he is, it’s where he can have his accustomed lifestyle. He’s not going to be in the middle of the forest in a tent. That’s my main hope that whoever is handling him right now gets tired of him,” said Angel.

Times like this are the hardest for the Angel family.

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“This is our fourth Christmas without William and you know it never gets easier.  Thanksgiving we still set a place for him, Christmas we still set a place.  We unwrapped presents in this room, and we have a place at the end of the couch for William with his picture.  At Christmas time William was, he was the one running around with the Santa hat on,” said Angel.

But this father still has hope that he will get justice for his son.

“Every time there is a capture, I’m like okay, we are coming up soon.  Eventually they’ll catch Christopher, it’s just a matter of when.”

Now the family is receiving a new slew of tips. “The Hunt with John Walsh was picked up by Netflix and they have the entire two seasons on Netflix and people are binge watching.” Christopher Ponce was featured on the show.

“We’ll get people that think they’ve seen him or know him.  I found that the people who watch on Netflix they’re anxious to help,” said Angel.

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