Search Continues For Man Convicted In Kidnapping CaseAP , Associated Press
Jul. 5, 1985 6:26 PM ET
CLEBURNE, TEXAS CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) _ Authorities from six counties searched Friday for a convicted kidnapper who escaped by scaling an eight-foot fence and crawling shirtless through barbed wire.
James Wesley Foote, 34, sentenced to life in prison for the January kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl who was rescued after a gun battle following 21/2 days of captivity, fled the Johnson County Jail on Thursday.
Foote, clad in orange prison trousers and soft shoes, climbed over the fence as he and about 50 other inmates were in the jail's exercise yard, said Malcolm Sutherland, chief deputy sheriff for Johnson County
''He was bound to have some scratches on him,'' said Southerland.
Deputies with bloodhounds and on horseback failed to pick up Foote's trail, and by Thursday evening roadblocks erected throughout the area were removed.
On Friday, authorites from Ellis, Tarrant, Bosque, Hill and Somervell counties were looking for Foote, Southerland said.
Foote had been brought to the Johnson County Jail from a Texas Department of Corrections unit for questioning in a robbery, Southerland said.
Foote was not armed when he escaped, but was considered to be dangerous, said Southerland.
Foote, of Arlington, and Michael Lynn Mills of Dallas, 28, were convicted March 27 of aggravated kidnapping in the Jan. 11 abduction of Amy McNiel, of Alvarado.
The kidnappers demanded a $100,000 ransom from her businessman father, and authorities rescued the girl 21/2 days later after an automobile pursuit and a running gunbattle in East Texas.
Others accused in the kidnapping were Daniel Walter Necker Jr., 21, of Mesquite, who was convicted and sentenced to 30 years; George Thomas Barnes, 21, of Dallas, who is undergoing mental observation to determine if he is competent to stand trial; and Lisa Anne Bouvier, 19, of Balch Springs, who is awaiting trial in the Johnson County Jail, Southerland said.