The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office asked Boulder residents to lock their doors and stay inside as they searched for an inmate who escaped the Jefferson County Detention Center late Friday.
Tory Vincent Gee escaped at 10:25 p.m. Friday, according to a 12:10 a.m. post to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page that followed CodeRED emergency notifications sent moments before midnight.
Gee was said to be “wearing a white t-shirt and orange pants, and has a clean shaven head and face,” the Facebook post states. Radio traffic suggested that he was also barefoot.
A handful of deputies, two Boulder police officers and at least two Montana Highway Patrol officers were seen patrolling Boulder streets looking for Gee. According to radio traffic, search and rescue personnel and tracking dogs were also engaged.
According to the Oct. 9 jail roster, Gee, 27, was arrested Aug. 17 and being held on a Madison County warrant with bond set at $50,000. The roster does not state what the warrant is for.
Gee is listed as a violent offender on the Montana Sexual or Violent Offender Registry due to an assault with a weapon charge. According to an online Montana Department of Corrections offender search, the offense the charge stemmed from happened in Beaverhead County on March 12, 2010. He was sentenced Jan. 18, 2011 on that charge and a carrying concealed weapons charge to 42 months in prison.
The Department of Corrections website states Gee is six feet tall, weighs 190 pounds, has pierced ears and numerous scars and tattoos.
Residents are warned not to approach Gee and to call 911 if they see him.
A 2:29 a.m. post to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page states that the search is ongoing.
"We will post more information here as it becomes available," the post states.