Accused child rapist wanted in Mass. captured in NY

FORT EDWARDS, N.Y. (WPRI) — An accused serial rapist wanted in Massachusetts was captured and arrested by police just before midnight Tuesday.

Massachusetts State Police have been searching for Gregory Lewis, 26, after he allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Soutbridge, Mass. According to police, Lewis cut off a court-ordered GPS monitoring device and went on a cross-country crime spree of alleged rapes, kidnappings, and robberies.

In addition to the alleged rape in Massachusetts, he’s suspected of crimes in Ohio, North Carolina, Colorado, and Oregon.

Lewis was caught in Fort Edwards Village, New York, after driving into the Hudson River, police said. Late Tuesday night, a New York State Police trooper spotted the suspect driving a vehicle with a missing license plate and tried to stop him. Lewis then took off and led police on a brief chase before driving into the river.

According to investigators, in the middle of Lewis’ crime spree, he briefly returned to Southbridge where he beat up his step-father and stole a gun. He waved the alleged stolen weapon at a witness, police said, just minutes after he crashed into the river.

Mass. State Police said they expect Lewis to be held in New york until at least Friday, when he may have another hearing in court. The Worcester County District Attorney’s office is now working to coordinate his rendition back to Massachusetts.

Lewis was arraigned August 6 on statutory rape charges and released on $1,000 bail. He fled Southbridge on Sept. 15 and police had been searching for him since.

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