Jail escapee caught after five days of hiding

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 13, 2009

After five days of hiding out, a Warren County Jail escapee was picked up by sheriff’s deputies Thursday morning at a friend’s home in the 200 block of Belva Drive.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said he and six deputies followed leads to several addresses Thursday morning and within minutes of arriving at the house on Belva, 22-year-old Eugene Lewis Jr. was detained without resisting.

“When we entered the house, we found him hiding in a bedroom,” said Pace. “We did not feel like he had been there very long.”

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The sheriff said he did not believe Lewis had been at the address since his escape nor did he think the residents were involved.

However, a family member who gave the same address as Eugene Lewis was charged Thursday with harboring a fugitive after providing assistance to the escapee, Pace said.

Kayleen Lewis, 23, 1900 Baldwin Ferry Road, Apt. 6D, was released on $1,500 bond.

“The investigation is ongoing, and I would not rule out additional arrests in this case,” said Pace.

Eugene Lewis, who had been arrested in March for county and city credit card fraud charges and a county residential burglary, walked off his duty detail as a trusty Saturday evening, Pace said.

He left the kitchen during dinner time at the jail, took the elevator downstairs and then walked through an unlocked door into the basement and escaped through another unlocked door in the garage.

Pace said deputies were reviewing policies and addressing the possibility of there being a lapse in guards monitoring the elevator during the escape.

The doors that are normally kept locked were unlocked to allow trusties to take meal trays from the second floor to the bottom floor, Pace said.

Eugene Lewis had been a trusty since Sept. 1 and was allowed to leave his cell to perform assigned tasks within the jail despite an attempt to escape during his initial arrest, Pace said.

He now faces escape charges along with his original charges that landed him in jail on March 11.