Accused child rapist Gregory Lewis, who’s been the subject of a multi-state manhunt, was arrested in upstate New York late Tuesday night, after authorities said he crashed his car into the Hudson River while fleeing from police.
Police told the Associated Press that Lewis, of Southbridge, had the “ultimate goal’’ of returning to Massachusetts to murder the 13-year-old girl he allegedly raped.
In the meantime, the report details a six-week spree of rapes and robberies of female escorts throughout the country allegedly committed by Lewis:
Police say he raped and robbed a female escort at a motel in Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 4. The next day, he assaulted a female escort at a hotel in Denver, police said.
From there, he traveled to Portland, Oregon, where he assaulted a female escort, police said. Authorities say he also raped and robbed female escorts in Salt Lake City; Westminster, Colorado; and Indianapolis. His previous last spotting was Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
Authorities said Lewis also returned to his parents home in Southbridge, where he allegedly assaulted and bound his stepfather in the basement before leaving with a handgun and 200 rounds of ammunition.
“He had made statements that his ultimate goal was to come back and kill the victim from his original charge,’’ Detective Lt. Michael Farley, commander of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, told the AP. “It was almost like he had nothing to lose. It was his last hurrah, and he was going to go out and do as much damage as he possibly could.’’
Lewis allegedly fled from a New York State trooper who tried to pull him over after noticing his front license plate was missing. The chase led to the sleepy town of Fort Edward, where police said he emerged from the water brandishing a gun at a witness but was quickly apprehended.
‘‘He actually drove to the end of a dead-end street and didn’t realize it was a dead end and drove down an embankment and into the water,’’ Fort Edward Police Chief Justin Durway told WBZ News.
Lewis now faces a total of 17 felony charges, including aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery, assault and battery on an elderly person, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a victim over 60, larceny from a person over 65, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm without an FID card, possession of ammunition without an FID card, larceny over $250, intimidation of a witness, and larceny of a motor vehicle.
Those are on top of the original charges facing Lewis, including two counts of child rape aggravated by age difference, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child, and single counts each of indecent exposure and receiving stolen property over $250.