The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 12, 2012

Oklahoma prison escapee caught in Joplin

By Jeff Lehr
Globe Staff Writer

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Newton County Sheriff's Department captured an escape from an Oklahoma prison today after locating him inside a house on Joplin's south side.

Sheriff Ken Copeland said Alvin D. Boyer, 27, who escaped from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlister near the end of October, was located inside a residence at 5075 McClelland Boulevard. The sheriff said Boyer and his girlfriend were hiding in the attic of the home but surrendered without incident.

"The homeowner said the escapee and his girlfriend showed up at her house two days ago," Copeland said. "She said she had no knowledge he was an escapee."

Boyer had been serving time for probation violations on felony convictions for bail jumping and drug possession. The sheriff said the escapee's girlfriend and two other people at the residence were taken into custody on outstanding warrants.