You've just escaped from jail. Where you gonna go? Probably not a community described as "a town in the middle of nowhere with 36,000 souls and thirteen prisons, one of which is Supermax, the new 'Alcatraz' of America. A prison town where even those living on the outside live on the inside." But that's where Greg Bradshaw and his schmucky pals headed and were captured, after allegedly setting up a meth lab. Late last month, Bradshaw, 23, and Kenneth Grauman II, 32, reportedly slipped away from the Lake County Residential Re-Entry facility, a minimum-security joint in Michigan. They subsequently hooked up with their respective gal pals -- Lauralee Grauman, Bradshaw's 29-year-old significant other, and Brittany Rector, Grauman's seventeen-year-old squeeze -- and hit the road. At first, though, they didn't get far, as documented in this timeline offered up by MLive.com:
Saturday -- Escape from the Lake County Residential Re-Entry Program near Baldwin.
Sunday -- Fugitives in a stolen minivan lead police on high-speed U.S. 131 chase south, crash into bean field near Sand Lake and elude a police perimeter at 22 Mile Road and Whitefish Road at 3 a.m.
Monday -- Police spot stolen green Jeep from Sand Lake area in Dorr area and try to pursue. Jeep eludes police in fields, then abandoned by fugitives who again managed to escape intensive perimeter search.
Tuesday -- Fugitives allegedly break-into 22nd Street home in Dorr and steal two handguns, food and clean up.
Wednesday -- Another 22nd Street homeowner in Dorr reports a home break-in and his white Ford Taurus being stolen in the afternoon. Witnesses spot fugitives and police again set up perimeter, but they manage to escape.
Thursday -- Kokomo, Indiana police officer spots suspicious white Ford Taurus entering Kroger store parking lot and begins to run the plate number on his computer, but gets called to another incident. Surveillance video captures fugitives leaving store on foot.
Thursday afternoon -- Fugitives reportedly steal farmer's pickup truck parked along Kokomo road, with two rifles stored in a back toolbox.
Given all these close encounters with cops, it only makes sense that they left Michigan. But they chose as their destination Canon City, the focus of the documentary Prison Valley, whose website is teased by the description shared in the opening paragraph above.
As befits a place whose economy is largely based upon keeping people behind bars, Canon City takes pride in its hoosgows. Indeed, it's home to the Museum of Colorado Prisons, touted on the community's website like so:
Stop and Do Time With Us! They aren't joking either. The Prison Museum brings to life another era where justice was swift and sure. The Cell House of yesteryear allows a peek through the looking glass to see what incarceration was like at the turn of the century. Read about the original "Hannibal the Cannibal," Alferd Packer, who was one of the prison's more notorious guests. Step into actual prison cells and "Do Time With Us"!
Granted, this happy quartet didn't present themselves at the front door of a Canon City lockup, extend their wrists and ask to be cuffed. No, they did the next best thing. They set up residence in a Canon City motel and reportedly put together the gear to cook up some fresh methamphetamine.
Continue to learn about the fugitives' arrest, and see their photos. Shockingly enough, this turned out to be the wrong move. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado, the Marshals Fugitive Task Force, assisted by local and state law-enforcement agencies in Michigan, conducted a joint fugitive investigation that led them to the conclusion that the four were in our fair state. That info was then forwarded to the U.S. Marshals in Colorado, who coordinated with the Fremont County Sheriff's Department and the Canon City Police Department.
Cut to about 5 p.m. yesterday, when law enforcers spotted the quartet at the motel. Shortly thereafter, a SWAT team from Pueblo swooped in and picked up the group without incident.
They're currently in custody, which makes perfect sense. That's Canon City's business, after all.
Here's a look at the fearsome foursome.
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