A Massachusetts-based child rape suspect, who had been on a crime spree across the country, was arrested late Tuesday in New York state, police officials said Wednesday. Gregory Lewis, 26, was arrested near the Vermont border shortly before midnight.
Police officials said that Gregory had a gun but no shots were fired when he was arrested. A New York State Trooper had stopped Lewis for a missing license plate, after which he crashed into the Hudson River while attempting to flee in his blue Jeep Grand Cherokee, CNN reported. Lewis, who left Massachusetts on Sept. 15 after cutting off his GPS monitoring bracelet, is a suspect in at least six sexual assault cases in several states across the country. Massachusetts police reportedly added Lewis to their Most Wanted list several weeks ago.
“(Lewis) will be held without bail overnight at the Washington County (N.Y.) jail and will be arraigned tomorrow in that county as a fugitive from justice. The investigation into his alleged spree of sexual assaults and other crimes is continuing,” Massachusetts State Police said in a statement on its blog.
Lewis, who is a suspect in crimes in North Carolina, Colorado and Oregon, had also been spotted in Idaho, Utah and Ohio. He is suspected to have been associated with a series of rapes, kidnappings and robberies of female escorts. And, on Saturday, he was spotted on a hotel surveillance video in Indianapolis where he is suspected of a robbery, CNN reported.
He was arrested on Aug. 5 and was charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in Southbridge, Massachusetts. He has also been accused of felonies and faces charges for four rapes, home invasions, kidnappings and firearms possession. Lewis had been kept under GPS surveillance after his initial court hearing.