Fugitive mom arrested in San Diego after 37 years on run

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

San Diego, CA, United States (4E) – A convict who escaped from a Michigan prison in 1977 was found and arrested in San Diego on Monday.

Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, tried to mislead policemen who knocked on the door of her Park West apartment by insisting that her name was Jamie Lewis. But the fugitive later admitted she was Hayman, according to the San Diego Police Department (SPDP).

The Michigan Department of Corrections tipped Hayman’s address at 3501 1st Street to the SPDP that led to her arrest. She is detained without bail at the Las Colinas jail in Santee pending extradition to Michigan.

Hayman was 23 and serving a 16-month sentence for attempted larceny at the Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, about 36 miles west of Detroit, when she escaped on April 14, 1977.

Hayman hid from authorities for 37 years and used several aliases, including Brenda Bushmer, Judy Singleton and Judy Lynn Kayman, according to prison records. A neighbor told police she was living in her current address for at least seven years.

Hayman’s son was present when police came to arrest her. The 32-year-old son said he did not know her mother was a fugitive.

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