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

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

Police search for inmate who was allowed to meet with attorney, and never went back to jail

William Moy known to be prolific thief, police say

A Juneau man is at large after allegedly escaping from his defense attorney, police say.

A judge allowed William Eric Moy Jr., 25, a brief release to go to an appointment with his defense attorney, according to a Juneau Police Department release. Moy was supposed to return to Lemon Creek Correctional Center at 2 p.m. Wednesday, but 2 p.m. came and went and Moy hadn’t shown up. Now, JPD is asking for help finding him.

Police describe Moy as a 5-foot-7 Alaska Native man who weighs about 175 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Police advise people to ensure that their car doors and houses are locked, as Moy has multiple criminal convictions for theft. JPD released a picture of Moy and posted it to their Facebook page. Anybody with information about Moy is asked to call JPD at 586-0600.

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. Electronic court records show Moy has multiple open cases and multiple defense attorneys are representing him in those cases. Multiple judges are handling Moy’s cases as well, according to electronic court records.

This isn’t the first time Moy has tried to escape. 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 had been at LCCC for multiple misdemeanor offenses, and picked up one charge of felony escape for the August attempt. Now, he has multiple warrants out for his arrest.

Community members who help or hide Moy could face felony charges for hindering prosecution, police say.

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

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