Escaped inmate found in Butler County field, taken into custody


COWLEY COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet confirmed Lewis Mitchell did surrender peacefully to authorities and was taken into custody just before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday.

“We were lucky today that the rain held off and that the dogs were able to track and you know what spooked him and made him get up and run towards the track and on the track I don’t know,” said Herzet.

Herzet said Mitchell is being taken to the Butler County Jail where he will be booked on aggravated escape from custody. Herzet said he has alerted the City of Douglass to let the town know that everyone can rest easy now that Mitchell has been found.

Mitchell is currently serving a 27-month sentence for a 2017 Sedgwick County conviction for burglary. He also was convicted of aggravated indecent liberties in 1995 and burglary and theft charges in 1981.

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