Morgan Frisch

Recorder staff

A search for an 18-year-old male, who escaped from police custody Thursday, continued into the night.

According to a release issued by Undersheriff Robert A. Thomas, III,  Boyd Wells was remanded to the custody of the sheriff unexpectedly at Montgomery County Court at approximately 2:30 p.m. While being escorted to the patrol car with another prisoner, he bolted from the deputy and court officer and ran toward a wooded area. Pursuing officers lost sight of Wells in the woods, according to Thomas’ release.

Other deputies, state troopers and local officers responded to the scene with K-9 assistance, Thomas said in the release. There was an immediate search of the area. Due to the proximity of the escape to schools and community buildings a “lockdown” was initiated. A perimeter was set up and a New York State Police helicopter was summoned.

Thomas said the search in the woods continued until dusk and then it expanded to the roads and buildings further away.

Wells is described as a white male, about 5 feet 7 inches in height, slender and in good physical shape. Wells was last seen wearing a purple shirt, gray and black pants and work boots. He was last seen handcuffed behind his back.

Thomas said Wells’ family has been cooperating with police. The New York State Police, New York State Encon Police, Canajoharie Police Department, New York State Police K-9 and Aviation, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 and the Montgomery County Emergency Management Office have all been assisting the sheriff’s office.