Detroit's Most Wanted: Fulton Boyd accused of trying to set his neighbor on fire

Posted at 4:54 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 23:27:21-04

A 62-year-old fugitive has spent the majority of his life behind bars, but now the U.S. Marshals say he's back on the street and accused of his most brutal crime yet.

Fulton Boyd is accused of trying to set his neighbor on fire, and the U.S. Marshals say it's just one violent act in his 35-year criminal history.

"From the time he went in in 1983 to getting out in late 2013, his whole life has been behind bars or in the transition of getting behind bars," said Deputy Rob Watson with U.S. Marshals DFAT.

Boyd kept a low profile until earlier this year.

"In August of 2018, Fulton Boyd gets into a fight with a neighbor of his – Fulton doesn't like what the neighbors are saying, so he retaliates by grabbing a container of gasoline, throwing it in the neighbor's face," Watson said. "Stars sparking a lighter, chasing the victim around – trying to set them on fire. What kind of person does that to a neighbor?"

Fortunately, the neighbor was able to get away, but Boyd got away, as well.

"We believe that he is still in the greater Detroit area and we believe he has family and other associates that are made maybe through prison connections that are helping him survive," Watson said.

Boyd has been charged with assault with intent to murder. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds; police believe he's bouncing from house to house, likely on the west side, without any permanent residence.

"We need the viewers of Channel 7 to be vigilant, to keep their eye out for this guy because we don't want a repeat of this behavior," Watson said. "When you're using setting someone on fire to retaliate, that goes well beyond any rational thought, there's no coming back from that."

As always, there is a cash reward leading to the arrest of Fulton Boyd. You can call Crime Stoppers and remain anonymous anytime at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.