Todd Wayne Boyes, a West Virginia inmate, who had escaped from South Central Regional Jail, was stopped while crossing the border with Mexico on Sunday, a deputy of the state’s Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety reported. He was arrested in Laredo, Texas, after 4 days since his escape.
Boyes, 44, had exited the jail on Wednesday, disguised as a civilian - wearing khaki pants and a dark zip-up jacket. The jail staff hadn’t noticed his absence and checked the surveillance camera footage until Thursday evening. So, Boyes had already spent at least 36 hours on the run before his escape was noticed, according to CNN.
The West Virginia inmate had a number of charges filed on him. Boyes had been involved in carjackings during one of which he had injured a Charleston police officer. In fact, he was arrested after being shot in the hand. In June, he was charged with attempted murder, destruction of property, possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing, and unlawful possession of a gun. The attempted murder charge was dropped as he pleaded guilty to the other charges. Boyes was supposed to be sentenced to 3 to 20 years in jail that Friday by schedule.
As the case develops, a Charleston lawyer recalls passing a note to a jail guard, informing about the inmate escape, but no measures were taken that day. He had learned the news of the escape from one of his clients who serves his time in the same jail.
It still needs to be clarified how Boyes made all the way to Texas. Investigation will give the answers to these questions and more.