Judy Lynn Hayman's mug shot from 1976
(USA TODAY) -- Her eyes gave her away.
Armed with a decades-old mugshot, police officers in San Diego on Monday arrested Judy Lynn Hayman, a woman who escaped from a Michigan prison 37 years ago.
initially gave a fake name to the officers who appeared on her
doorstep, said San Diego Police Lt. Kevin Mayer. But she eventually
admitted to being a wanted fugitive, he said, and is expected to face
Hayman, according to Michigan Department of
Corrections records, was sentenced on June 28, 1976, to 16 months to two
years behind bars for attempted larceny. She escaped on April 14, 1977,
from the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Washtenaw
Mayer said an official with the MDOC contacted the San
Diego Police Department on Monday and said Hayman could be at an address
in the city. Mayer said three officers went that day to a residence on
1st Avenue in the city's Hillcrest neighborhood.
A woman at the
home gave officers a fake name - Jamie Lewis - and had government
documents to support the alias, Mayer said. But she looked like Hayman.
officer had a photograph of her from back in 1977, and when he compared
the photo to the person who was claiming to be Jamie Lewis," Mayer
said, "the officer told me her eyes gave her away. To him, the eyes
looked like the suspect."
Mayer said that after Hayman was told
she would be taken to a police station for further questioning, she
confessed her real identity.
Hayman, 60, was taken to the Las
Colinas women's detention facility in Santee, Calif. Mayer said
officials in Michigan are expected to make arrangements for her
Russ Marlan and John Cordell, spokesmen for the
Michigan Department of Corrections, could not immediately be reached for
comment late Tuesday.
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