Hayman had served eight months of a sentence of 18 to 24 months.
According to police, Judy Lynn Hayman luck ran out after 37 years as a fugitive and a mass casualty but two hunting was not due: bad weather that kept a researcher in his office and their characteristic eyes that never changed since he took the mug shot.
San Diego police arrested the 60 year old woman in her apartment in the city after receiving a photo from Michigan, where a policeman who was working to avoid driving on slippery roads by ice sent to FBI fingerprint cards fugitives all over the years.
Authorities had searched for Hayman since escaping from prison in Ypsilanti in 1977. Hayman had served eight months of a sentence of 18 to 24 months for attempted robbery of a clothing store in Detroit.
San Diego police said Hayman was identified as Lewis Lamie and government documents submitted with that name. But the police were suspicious because of inconsistencies in his statements and her resemblance to the old photograph of Michigan.
“The eyes betrayed,” said Lt. Kevin Mayer of San Diego police. “The eyes of the photo coincided with this woman.”
Hayman will be finally recognized when taken to the police station, Mayer said.
Her son did not know his past
It was unclear how long she had been in San Diego. But neighbors said they lived there for almost seven years.
Her son visited 32 when police arrived and told the agents seemed stunned. “This seems to have been a big surprise for him,” Mayer said.
Neighbors said the woman they knew as Jamie Lewis was discreet and did not talk about her past.
Michigan officials want to return to complete his sentence and could face an additional charge for the flight.
Lieutenant Charles Levens, Michigan Department of Corrections who stayed in his office and sent cards with fingerprints to the FBI, said many police agencies had footprints matched those of Hayman but with different names. He gave the information to one of its researchers, Tim Hardville, who tracked the whereabouts of the woman to San Diego.