FONDA — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was still searching into the night 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.
“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.
Boyd Wells. (Provided)
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. The early portion of the search included a helicopter in the air and officers and dogs on the ground.
Thomas updated reporters on the search just after 7 p.m. He expected the efforts to continue into the night, until Wells was caught.
Law enforcement shifted the search to another pattern as sheriff’s officials worked to contain Wells, Thomas said.
Thomas added that officials have had several leads from the public to follow.
“We’re going to continue to search into the night and [Friday] we will regroup again,” Thomas said.
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.”
Keller brought Wells 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…
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