Search underway for escapee in Montgomery County – New York News

FONDA — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a handcuffed 18-year-old who escaped custody Thursday afternoon.


Boyd Wells fled from the Montgomery County Courthouse about 2:30 p.m., shortly after being unexpectedly ordered held at a court appearance, Undersheriff Robert Thomas said.

Boyd Wells. (Provided)

“When he was being escorted out of the court, he bolted away from the deputy, who was handling a couple of prisoners, and he went off into the woods,” Thomas said.

Wells fled with his hands cuffed behind his back.

The sheriff’s office immediately called in a canine and other manpower to try to find Wells.

Wells’ mother, Patricia Keller, anxiously awaited word on the search and Wells at the courthouse.

“It’s tough,” Keller, of Dolgeville, said. “We’re terrified for him.”

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Boyd Wells’ mother, Patricia Keller, near the Montgomery County Courthouse. (Steven Cook)

Keller brought Wells, who she said lives in Oppenheim, to court Thursday afternoon on a theft-related charge. Wells, though, didn’t expect to be sent to jail during the appearance, his mother said.

Her son was already on probation and the judge felt it better to have him held until his next court date, Keller said.

She said her son appeared visibly upset when ordered to jail. Keller remained inside when he was led out and ran.

“How does anyone react to that?” Keller said. “My son’s missing and he’s running.”

“I’m not leaving here until he’s found,” Keller said. “I want him to come home. I want him to stop running and give himself up. It’s the best thing for him.”

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