Handcuffed man who had escaped police custody in Montgomery County turns himself in


FONDA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The search for a handcuffed man has concluded in Montgomery County. As of early Friday morning, the sheriff’s office reports that he has been captured.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, at the Montgomery County Courthouse, police said 18-year-old Boyd Wells was being escorted out of the building when he suddenly sprinted into the woods.

His mother, Patricia Keller, pleaded for him to return.

“Boyd, just come home,” she said. “Just give yourself up. Just stop. Stop running and just come home.”

She dropped Wells off at the courthouse Thursday afternoon. He was facing burglary charges from a previous incident.

After the hearing, he and another inmate were being led outside.

“He decided to dart and take off, and he ran into the woods,” Montgomery Co. Undersheriff Robert Thomas said.

Thomas said a deputy was unable to catch him. A full search team was brought in.

“We immediately deployed canines and then brought in helicopters,” he said.

Keller heard the news from Boyd’s girlfriend, and she immediately headed to the scene.

“I’m terrified,” Keller said. “I’m terrified for my baby.”

As helicopters searched the sky, authorities had local schools and government buildings shut down.

“We asked the public not to approach him,” Thomas said. “If you see him, if you have any idea where he might be, we ask that you contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.”

In the meantime, everyone’s hoping for a peaceful resolution.

“Turn yourself in,” Thomas said. “Make this easier for yourself and let’s try to fix the problem.”

“I want to see my son give himself up, or I want to see them find him, and I don’t want him hurt,” Keller said.

He was officially charged with Escape in the Second Degree, a felony. He’s being held on $10,000 bail.

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