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Wife of escapee charged with helping him avoid capture

The wife of the Sinclairville man who escaped police custody in Chautauqua County earlier this month has been charged with helping him avoid capture.

Kelsey A. Raynor, 30, cut off her husband's handcuffs, hid him and otherwise assisted him in avoiding law enforcement, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

She faces charges of third-degree hindering prosecution, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested Tuesday when she appeared in Charlotte Town Court on an unrelated matter, the Sheriff's Office said.

Jacob M. Raynor, 34, faces several charges. (Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office)

A handcuffed Jacob M. Raynor escaped from custody in Charlotte Town Court on March 7 while he was being arraigned on a charge of third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. Police found him March 14 hiding in his Reed Street home. He was also charged with second-degree escape and parole violation charges, authorities said.

Kelsey Raynor was arraigned and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 property. The drug charges apply to actions authorities allege happened before her husband's escape.

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