William Moy Jr. was wanted by the Juneau Police Department for escaping custody. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Police Department)

William Moy Jr. was wanted by the Juneau Police Department for escaping custody. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Police Department)

Escapee tries to swim away from police

William Moy back in custody after escaping from attorney

Two days after escaping from his defense attorney, William Moy Jr. still was trying to evade authorities when police eventually arrested him Friday.

Juneau Police Department officers found Moy, 25, in the area of Twin Lakes on Friday, according to a JPD release. Moy ran and even jumped in the water and tried to swim away from the officers, police say, but the officers eventually were able to arrest him.

Multiple tips and sightings from community members led to JPD finding Moy, the release states. Moy was arrested on multiple warrants. Moy has multiple convictions for theft, police said, and was also charged for felony escape for an attempt earlier this year.

Moy was released earlier this week for what was supposed to be a brief appointment, according to a JPD release earlier this week. He was supposed to report back to Lemon Creek Correctional Center at 2 p.m. Wednesday, police said, but he never showed up.

After Moy didn’t show up at LCCC on Wednesday, JPD checked around and confirmed that Moy illegally left the custody of his defense attorney, and that the attorney didn’t immediately notify police or the jail, the release alleges.

According to electric court records, Superior Court Judge Amy Mead released Moy for an appointment on Wednesday. Office of Public Advocacy Attorney Deborah Macaulay was Moy’s lawyer at the time, electronic court records show, and she filed a motion to withdraw as Moy’s attorney. That motion was granted the next day, the electronic court records allege. Phone calls from the Empire to the OPA office were not returned.

This was the second time Moy had escaped from authorities this year.

In August, Moy kicked out the window of an Alaska State Troopers van as he and other inmates were being taken from the courthouse to prison, according to a JPD release at the time. Troopers, JPD, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Alaska State Park Rangers all responded to the scene and tracked Moy down about 20 minutes later, authorities said at the time.

Moy was taken to LCCC after his arrest Friday.


• Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or amccarthy@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @akmccarthy.


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