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February 6, 2014

37 years after prison break, woman arrested in Calif.

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.

Hayman 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 extradition.

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 County.

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.

“The 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 extradition.

Russ Marlan and John Cordell, spokesmen for the Michigan Department of Corrections, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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