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Cobleskill police conducting review after escape

Cobleskill police conducting review after escape

Suspect was captured by state DEC dog, handler
Cobleskill police conducting review after escape
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COBLESKILL — Cobleskill police are reviewing the escape early Friday of a handcuffed assault suspect from police headquarters to determine if improvements should be made to prevent a repeat occurrence, Police Chief Richard Bialkowski said Monday.

Suspect Kenneth T. Meyers ran out the back door of the police station early Friday and disappeared into dense fields next to the department, police said. 

Meyers was back in custody hours later, after a state Department of Environmental Conservation dog tracked Meyers to an area of a field about 100 yards from police headquarters. 

"We will review procedures and the physical layout of the booking area to determine if any changes are warranted," Bialkowski said. "We're taking a look at things."

Police first encountered Meyers, 23, just before 11 p.m. Thursday night while investigating a report of an assault. Meyers was located just before 2 a.m., and police learned he was wanted on a probation violation and was also wanted by Rotterdam police, Cobleskill police said.

When told he would be arrested, Meyers struggled, and officers used a Taser on him, according to police. He was then taken to Cobleskill police headquarters to be booked and processed.

He fled the police station while still wearing handcuffs and a restraint belt; officers followed but lost him in an initial search that was hampered by heavy fog, rain and darkness, police said.

State police and DEC arrived to assist in the search. Police used two dogs and thermal imaging devices before DEC K-9 Shamey, handled by environmental conservation officer Tech. Sgt. Keith Isles, found Meyers after about four hours of searching.

Meyers faces one count of second-degree escape, a felony, along with misdemeanor resisting arrest and petit larceny charges.

He was arraigned and ordered held on $25,000 bail. He is to return to court Tuesday.

The escape follows another Schoharie County escape in October. In that case, Middleburgh resident Tierra Scott stole a state police patrol car, briefly dragging a state trooper in the process.

Authorities took Scott back into custody about 3 miles away. She is awaiting sentencing next month after admitting to related charges.

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