INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 29, 2014)– A man arrested in upstate New York for a nationwide rape and robbery spree is being investigated for an attack on an Indianapolis woman last weekend.
Gregory Lewis, 26, was apprehended after driving his SUV into a river in Fort Edward, N.Y.
“Lewis has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt as an alleged serial rapist,” said Police Chief Justin Derway. “Lewis is wanted on arrest warrants in multiple states for robbery, rape, kidnapping and theft as well as other crimes.”
One of those crimes is in Indianapolis.
On the night of Oct. 25, a woman told police she was assaulted at the Comfort Inn & Suites at 9090 Wesleyan Rd. The woman said she met her customer through an escort service and was robbed of her cell phone.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) recovered a surveillance photograph of a man who resembles Lewis.
An investigator told FOX59 News that the national escort service community stays in touch and spreads the word about a pattern of assaults.
Lewis is accused of raping a 14-year-old Massachusetts girl in early August and then going on a national crime spree that stretched to North Carolina, where a woman said she was raped by a man she met online, to Kansas City, Mo.; Denver; Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City and Indianapolis where escorts all reported similar attacks.
Photographs of Lewis were recovered from several motels.
Lt. Mike Farley of the Massachusetts State Police said Lewis’ flight from justice differed from most accused criminals.
“They don’t want to draw any attention to themselves whatsoever,” said Farley, “So they try to behave themselves as much as they can but Mr. Lewis was the opposite. He became more emboldened more aggressive and he acted basically the opposite of how we typically deal with fugitives.”
A witness said Lewis brandished a gun after driving his vehicle into the water.
Police matched Lewis’ gun with the weapon he allegedly stole after tying up his step-father in Southbridge, Mass.
IMPD detectives said it is unclear at this point if the Indianapolis victim will cooperate with the investigation and press charges.