Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Volusia County Deputies Search For Missing Inmate

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a prison inmate who failed to return from a work release program in Daytona Beach on Saturday and hasn’t been seen since.

On Saturday, 22-year-old Marcus Lewis and a second inmate were released to go to their day job at a McDonald’s in Daytona Beach, Florida.  But both were fired the same day when they allegedly showed up for work two hours late.  Deputies say that the two initially failed to return to the work release program when they were supposed to, but the other inmate eventually had a change of heart and did return.  Lewis, however, is still on the loose.  

On Monday, Sheriff’s investigators obtained an arrest warrant charging Lewis with escape, a 2nd-degree felony.  But they’ve been unable to locate Lewis to serve the warrant and take him back into custody.

Lewis, who was last living in Palatka, was originally scheduled to be released from custody in October after serving a 30-month sentence for a burglary and grand theft conviction out of Putnam County

Lewis is 5’11” tall, weighs approximately 160 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes and tattoos on his left arm and neck.  Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Lewis is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS. 

You can also text a tip to Crime Stoppers by texting “TIP231 plus your message” to CRIMES. Individuals who provide information to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.