Escaped Inmate Faces New Charges After Mercy South Hospital Incident

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Tommy Boyd, the convicted inmate who made headlines for his daring escape from Mercy South Hospital last month, has found himself facing fresh legal troubles related to the incident, as per the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

On Monday, Boyd was officially charged with multiple offenses, including escape from the Department of Corrections, unlawful possession of a firearm, and two counts of stealing. His bail has been set at a substantial $500,000 cash-only bond.

Boyd, aged 45, was previously serving an extended sentence at the Potosi Correctional Center for statutory sodomy. The circumstances leading up to his escape involved an undisclosed medical treatment at Mercy South Hospital, which occurred on September 20. Alarmingly, Boyd managed to exit the hospital through its main entrance shortly before 4 a.m. on September 21, sparking a brief manhunt in the St. Louis area.

However, Boyd's freedom was short-lived, as authorities swiftly reapprehended him on the same day, just before 8 p.m. His capture took place in the Dierbergs parking lot located on Old Route 66 (Watson Road) in Shrewsbury. During his arrest, Boyd was found wearing a corrections officer's jacket and in possession of the key to his own handcuffs.

In the aftermath of Boyd's escape, the correctional officers responsible for guarding him were subsequently dismissed from their positions. While the Missouri Department of Corrections acknowledged that "departmental protocol was not followed," specific details regarding the escape's mechanics were not disclosed.

Missouri court records provide insight into Boyd's criminal history, with convictions stemming from two separate cases initially investigated in 1996 and 2007.

In November 2007, Boyd was convicted by a jury of enticement of a child, resulting in a 30-year prison sentence for this charge. Notably, court records connect both of Boyd's cases to Greene County, Missouri, situated within the Springfield metropolitan area.