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Prison escapee captured near Douglass



DOUGLASS — Lewis Mitchell, 53, was taken back into custody after a man hunt that lasted most of the day in rural Douglass.

A Butler County sheriff’s deputy spotted Mitchell attempting to hitchhike along U.S. 77. He then ran into a corn field where he has been hiding for most of the day near Douglass High School. Mitchell escaped from Winfield Correctional Facility Tuesday night where he was serving time for burglary and charges from 1995 of aggravated indecent liberties.

Douglass School District was on lockdown throughout the day while the search was underway. No students were at the school, however staff was in attendance preparing for the upcoming school year.

Butler County, Andover, and Augusta worked with the U.S. Marshall’s service on the search.



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