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Police: Disparate factors led to Judy Lynn Hayman's arrest

Police Reveal What Lead To Judy Hayman's Arrest

By ED WHITE and JULIE WATSON

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Police say Judy Lynn Hayman's luck ran out after 37 years on the run not because of an intense manhunt but rather two disparate factors: bad weather that kept an investigator at his desk and her distinctive eyes that had never changed since her mug shot was taken.

San Diego police arrested the 60-year-old woman Monday at her San Diego apartment after receiving a mug shot from Michigan, where an officer staying off icy roads sent fingerprint cards for all old escapees to the FBI.

Authorities had been searching for Hayman since she escaped from Ypsilanti prison in 1977. Hayman served eight months of an 18- to 24-month sentence for attempting to steal clothes from a Detroit-area store.

San Diego police say Hayman identified herself as Jamie Lewis and produced government documents with the name. Officers, however, remained suspicious because of inconsistencies in her story and her resemblance to an old Michigan mug shot they were holding.

"Her eyes gave her away," San Diego police Lt. Kevin Mayer said. "The eyes in the picture matched the eyes of this woman."

She acknowledged being Hayman after police took her in, Mayer said.

It wasn't immediately clear how long Hayman had been in San Diego. But neighbors at her well-kept, nondescript apartment complex blocks from Balboa Park said she lived in the building for almost seven years.

Her 32-year-old son was visiting when police arrived, and officers said he appeared stunned by their questions.

"This seemed very much a surprise to him," Mayer said.

Neighbors say the woman they know as Jamie Lewis kept to herself, not speaking of her past.

Hayman is being held in a San Diego County jail awaiting extradition to Michigan and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Michigan authorities want her returned to the state to complete her sentence for attempted larceny. She also could face a separate criminal charge for the escape.

Lt. Charles Levens of the Michigan Corrections Department who was stuck at his desk and sent the fingerprint cards to the FBI said many police agencies had fingerprints that matched Hayman's but under different names. He gave the information to one of his investigators, Tim Hardville, who tracked her down in San Diego.

"I said, 'Tim, you're going to get your girl here,'" Levens said. "There are two ways to get off our list: a death certificate or a (live) body. It's what the state pays us to do. ... If you're a fugitive, you have an obligation to pay your debt to society."

Hayman, using aliases, apparently had been arrested and fingerprinted in the past and the San Diego police "were familiar with her," said Michigan Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan.

San Diego Lt. Mayer declined to give further details about the case, including whether Hayman had prior arrests or contact with police in California.

Theresa Padilla said she lived next door to Hayman for more than six years and described her as a "quiet loner, but basically a nice person."

Padilla said Hayman spent most of her time indoors except when she walked her Chihuahua, Monty, who was old and had to be put down less than a year ago.

Hayman had photos of three sons on her wall, and at least one son visited often, taking out her trash and doing other chores, Padilla said. "Her three boys seemed like they were raised well."

Padilla said Hayman didn't appear to be married or have a job. She said she and Hayman spoke infrequently but did share their experiences in battling cancer. Hayman also mentioned living in Detroit and being a fan of Michigan basketball teams.

Padilla was shocked to learn of her neighbor's past after police swarmed the complex Monday.

"It don't make sense, going after this lady for a petty little thing," she said. "They need to go after the molesters, the killers, those who hurt little babies, not someone who stole something when she was 23."

Marlan said all fugitives must be pursued.

"We can't just write it off," the Michigan corrections spokesman said. "We don't have the ability to say, 'It's been a long time. You're free to go.'"

San Diego district attorney's office spokesman Steve Walker said Hayman is scheduled for her first hearing Thursday morning. If she doesn't fight her extradition, she will be sent immediately to Michigan. If she does contest it, another hearing will be held the following day.

It will be up to the state Parole Board to determine how long Hayman will be imprisoned.

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Mr. Happy February 07 2014 at 10:03 AM

big deal! let her go! how long has it been? 37 years? Geez! Give it up! We have more important things to worry about like Democrats and Obuma voters! lol!! : )

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Grabs Sports February 07 2014 at 9:51 AM

I think that the escape is the big problem, if you let her off because she had been a good person for 30 years after escaping then other prisoners would believe it reasonable for them to escape and be good for 30 years and they would be OK (even though they might not be good for a day). So having said that I do believe she should get time served plus one day for the original crime and rather then additional prison time for the escape (if she actually was a good person for the last 30 years) have her do some time in public service.

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totalsignlady February 07 2014 at 9:30 AM

It is called: A statute of limitations

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ljnace February 07 2014 at 10:03 AM

There is no statue of limitations on a convicted person.

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bryanmerrittper2 February 07 2014 at 9:26 AM

She should have just finished her original sentence she did not have that much time to begin with. Now she faces the possibility of several years behind bars for escape. Stupid ! ! !

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Welcome Sarge! February 07 2014 at 9:01 AM

She has to be returned to custody otherwise the state is rewarding escape from prison. Keep in mind that people don't get incarcerated upon their first arrest for larceny so we can safely assume she'd been to the dance quite a few times before finally getting a small sentence and San Diego police "were aware" of her also. In other words, she'd been arrested a few times there to. Send her back and leave it up to a judge but I'll say this; under the laws of 1977 she only had to serve 1/3 of her maximum sentence. Given that her max sentence was 24 months and that she had already served eight, she was just about eligible for early release. Now she's looking at a minimum of 7 years for escape. She's clearly not that bright.

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Joe February 07 2014 at 9:41 AM

Thanks Sarge for clearing things up, that explains why the police "swarmed the complex" for this dangerous felon. You don't know her history prior to her being jailed, nor do you know the circumstances leading up to the incident of the theft. You certainly don't know here intellectual abilites. But you are right in that she does still owe a debt to society for her past crimes. Wouldn't community service or something of that ilk make more sense that locking her up for a 37 yr old event?

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maloontransllc February 07 2014 at 9:00 AM

Some common sense is needed here. Just let it go for heavens sake there are better things to spending tax dollars on.

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faithrada February 07 2014 at 9:18 AM

There is something larger at stake here. The system falls apart if certain rules are not honored. She needs to be taken in .. and THEN evaluated. A person broke the law ... there ARE penalties for bad behavior. You can't just give the judge 'the finger' and walk out the door. Is that the kind of world you want to live in? I think not.

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Danny February 07 2014 at 8:57 AM

Yes it will turn out to be a case of political grandstanding and look how tough on crime I am to draw attention away from their own crimes and short commings in life. The (R's) and a few (D's) are very good at this until they get caught in their own web. I say give her time served for the 8 months and save the money it judicial process will spend on a misdemeanor these days. Years ago this this was a major crime ,but no more. Spend athe money catching killers on the loose in Detroit.

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uma February 07 2014 at 8:56 AM

I think 18-24 months for shop lifting was to long. She served 8 months & has looked over her shoulder for over 30 years. sounds like enough to me. plus the money that has been spent looking for this shoplifter . and the money that will be spent to put her back in prison for ? how many years. we have to many in prison now and no not have the money to take care of them. write it off , let the judge write it off. it does not make sense.

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faithrada February 07 2014 at 9:38 AM

That she RAN and then had to look over her shoulder for all that time was HER choice. Could it be that those shoplifting charges and time alotted might have been based on far more than just one small 'shop lifting' episode? Perhaps she was cut a lot of slack before that sentence was imposed. We do not have all the facts here. The article says that law officials were "familiar" with her. How many other times was she let go? How many times was she already shown leniency by the court? The article does not go into this. You're right.. it IS expensive to enforce the law... but that is the cost of living in a law abiding society. They might give her 'house arrest' or.. community service, etc but she still needs to respect the process... otherwise all hell will brake lose here. One of the main deturants of crime is knowing that one will be pursued. So.. all the more this individual must be made an example of.

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james February 07 2014 at 8:56 AM

WTF why isn't the naacp, Al Sharpton , Jesse Jackson, and the Czar Obama not outraged shoplifting and 24 mo in jail and nobody claimed descrimination against women and non wealthy? Give Sherlock Holmes there the CMH for such determination. How about trying something a little harder and important like a murder or rape.

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faithrada February 07 2014 at 10:10 AM

So... anyone can just walk into any store and just take what they want .. with no repercussions? Really?

If you know all the facts and circumstances here...of WHY this individual was given " UP TO" 24 months in prison then please share that info with us. Perhaps it was an unfair sentence .. then again.. perhaps it was not. We don't know why that particular judge gave that sentence.. OR if they had a personal agenda. Perhaps he/she was a racist OR perhaps he/she was a supporter of equal rights. First get the facts.
BTW... attention needs to be paid to ALL crimes, both large and small, ... it can't be an either/or thing.

As for President Obama.. what does he have to do with it? What was he.... like .. 15 years old or something when this took place? Seriously dude.

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Allhomecen February 07 2014 at 8:51 AM

Oh crap, I think I may have forgot to pay a parking ticket from a State I visited 34 years .

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faithrada February 07 2014 at 10:12 AM

You may have forgotten the parking ticket but I doubt you would have forgotten escaping from prison yea? :P

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