Accused serial rapist from Mass. captured after month on the run
FRAMINGHAM, MA (WHSM) -
The Massachusetts man wanted for numerous sex crimes around the country has been captured after a cross-country manhunt.
Gregory Lewis, 26, of Southbridge was captured late Tuesday night in the Village of Fort Edward in upstate New York.
Fort Edward Village police officers had observed Lewis driving with a missing license plate on his vehicle.
Lewis refused to stop and drove off, eventually crashing the vehicle into a river.
Preliminary reports indicate that Lewis emerged from the sinking vehicle brandishing a gun at a witness who heard the crash.
Police arrived on scene and took him into custody.
He was found with a handgun that matches the description of one he was accused of stealing from a family member, and he was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee that authorities believed he had been driving while on the run.
Lewis had been charged with raping a 13-year-old Southbridge girl late in the summer and, in September, cut off a monitoring device that had been placed on him.
In the subsequent weeks, he had been accused of multiple rapes, kidnappings and robberies in North Carolina, Colorado and Oregon.
He was also believed to have been in Idaho, Utah and Ohio.
Lewis was held without bail at the Washington County, New York Jail and will be arraigned in that county as a fugitive from justice.
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