No bail for cross-country crime spree suspect

Associated Press

Worcester, Mass. — The Massachusetts man suspected of raping a 13-year-old girl, then going on a cross-country crime spree after cutting off his court-ordered monitoring device, was ordered held without bail Monday.

Gregory Lewis pleaded not guilty in Worcester Superior Court to 17 charges connected to the alleged rape and an alleged attack on his stepfather. He was held pending a hearing scheduled for Nov. 10 to determine whether he is a danger to society.

His court-appointed attorney had no comment.

Lewis, 26, of Southbridge, spent six weeks on the run after snipping off the GPS monitoring device when he was arraigned in August on charges that included statutory rape of a child.

State police said Lewis told several people that his “ultimate goal” was to return to Massachusetts to kill his 13-year-old accuser.

Lewis is suspected of committing a string of rapes, kidnappings and robberies of female escorts in North Carolina, Colorado and Oregon while he was on the run. He was captured Oct. 28 in Fort Edward, New York.

Police said Lewis kidnapped, robbed and assaulted a woman he met online at a hotel Sept. 23 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two days later, he went to his stepfather’s home in Southbridge, where he allegedly tied up and assaulted him. Police said he left with a 9mm handgun and more than 200 rounds of ammunition.

Monday’s arraignment was only on charges allegedly committed in Massachusetts.