Escaped inmate traveling in pickup truck


WINCHESTER, Ind. – Monday at about 8:30 p.m. the Randolph County Sheriffs Department received information that Robert Dean Lewis, is believed to be traveling in a 1990 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The 1990 Ford truck is black in color, a gray stripe on the bottom of the truck near the running boards, Indiana registration (License plate) TK796MHQ.

Lewis, 26, was working as a jail trustee, cleaning the lobby of the jail around 3:20 a.m. Monday, when the jail officer went to gather trash from the restroom, Lewis ran out the front doors.

Video surveillance from the jail captured Lewis heading south from the jail wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit with “trustee” on the back.

Lewis was arrested at his residence in Union City, Ohio, along with his girlfriend Briana Lane Hawley in connection with a burglary. Charlie Shaw, owner of the Winchester Speedway, reported the proceeds from the Labor Day race weekend were stolen from his residence. Reported stolen was about $60,000 in cash and an additional $20,000 in checks.

Hawley had been a volunteer trophy girl at the speedway, and Lewis worked at another company owned by Shaw.

Investigators executing a search warrant found the couple had spent about $35,000 in cash on various items during the two-week span following the Labor Day race.

Any information on Robert Dean Lewis or the above mentioned truck please call the Randolph County Sheriffs Department 765-584-1721 or you local police department.