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

Police Reveal What Lead To Judy Hayman's Arrest


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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dgraham727 February 07 2014 at 5:42 AM

I think that this was a waste of tax payers money once again. Someone who was arrested for suspicion of theft, shouldn't have even been sentenced in the first place. Now they are going to pay extradition across all those states to take her back to probably be released. I could see this if she was living a life of crime today, but not if she was being a good citizen.

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METROSECURE February 06 2014 at 7:24 PM


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jlf February 06 2014 at 7:24 PM

Is this the best that the police can do arrest a person where the cost of punishment will exceed the value of what she was found guilty of. time would have been better spent catching real criminals like murederers and those who steal large amounts not petty thieves...

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Debbie jlf February 06 2014 at 8:01 PM

It's not like they are going to retry her, they won't. They will put her back in prison, to finish her original sentence and add a couple of years for escaping, so there won't be much cost in putting her back in prison.

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Lady Jane Debbie February 06 2014 at 11:29 PM

Prison c
osts at least $35,000 a year. Is it worth it for a few dollars possibly shoplifted. I think not.

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tony jlf February 07 2014 at 12:55 AM

So jif, if thou steals $$4000 dollars from thee, we all should just let the thief go cause it would cost more then that to put it in prison? Thou is brilliant, keep up the good work.

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treasures61 February 06 2014 at 6:13 PM

For stealing clothes? 18-24 months. Much to do again about nothing. I don't blame her I would escape to for such a heavy handed sentence. Naturally the Law Enforcement will spend thousands of dollars to transfer her and place her in prison.

And naturally on tax payers money.

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Happypoolprune treasures61 February 06 2014 at 7:09 PM

attempting to steal - that seems like a pretty stiff sentence - but the article also mentions that she is well known to the police in San Diego too - so it might just be recent that she b ecame law abiding.

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badgerfur9 February 07 2014 at 5:45 AM

" ....police swarmed the complex Monday. "
Well, at least it was/woulda been, relatively speaking for someone my age at just over the half century mark, a very short time ago.

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Calvin badgerfur9 February 07 2014 at 7:39 AM

She broke the law.

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just4joj February 06 2014 at 7:18 PM

She has done time( 8 months) and as far as we know has been good ,LET HER GO !!!!!! NO more tax money needs to be spent. Let her live the remaining of her life without looking behind her back for the cops. Matthew 6: 14 ' For if you forgive men,when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will aiso forgive you."

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jodikymanpages just4joj February 06 2014 at 7:34 PM

So you do not think escaping from jail is a crime? Also did you miss the part she has been arrested several other times.

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Just_Curious jodikymanpages February 06 2014 at 7:48 PM

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

Maybe she just applied for a work permit or a government ID?

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tony jodikymanpages February 07 2014 at 1:03 AM

The jailers did show incompetence, they to need to be fired, better yet, jailed them selves for aiding a criminal.

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tony just4joj February 07 2014 at 1:01 AM

She has done time( 8 months) and as far as we know has been good ,
Thou be quite the fantasizer, as far as we know, lol, lol, 1se a thief, always a thief.
So let it be written, so let it be done.

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Just_Curious tony February 07 2014 at 7:36 AM

They all retired a really long time ago ..

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hijoyce007 February 06 2014 at 5:13 PM

Non-value added work regarding the prioritization of work load. Use these good Police skill sets to target violent crimes, high dollar crimes, and terrorism - once all of these are solved then mmove onto minor offenses.

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ferrny February 06 2014 at 7:17 PM

waste of money and resources!

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Juanita February 06 2014 at 5:12 PM

Confirming a fugutive shoplifter??????

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dumboburt February 07 2014 at 6:13 AM

It's easy an "bust" and safe. Why chase the real bad guys just leave that for the marshal's office. San Diego PD doesn't care about the "traffic" drugs, paraphernalia and sex offenders, just military guys out for good time walking without their hats on!

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