Caught hitchhiking near Douglass
Minimum-custody inmate Lewis Mitchell, who walked away from Winfield Correctional Facility Tuesday night, was apprehended at approximately 4:50 p.m., Wednesday, just north of Douglass, in Butler County.
Mitchell, 53, was spotted by a Butler County Deputy, around 11 a.m. north of Douglass hitchhiking, advised Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet.
The deputy was approaching Mitchell before the inmate ran into a soybean field.
“He told the deputy that he wouldn’t be taken alive. He wasn’t going back to prison,” said Sheriff Herzet.
Resources from Augusta, Andover, Kansas Highway Patrol, Sedgwick County Sheriff, and the U.S. Marshall were used. The Butler County Sheriff’s office made a reverse 911 call and alerted residents in Douglass and those living in a two-mile perimeter.
Mitchell was reported missing at approximately 11 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8, when he could not be located at the minimum-security correctional facility. It was believed that he had vanished from the facility after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Kansas Department of Corrections records indicate that he was serving time for burglary and has prior convictions of burglary, theft and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Prior to escaping, his earliest release date was November 2018.