DORR, Mich. (WOOD) - For the second time this week, an area west of Dorr was alive with dozens of armed officers on the ground and a search helicopter overhead in the search for two escaped Lake County inmates.
But despite a heavy police presence, it appears the two escapees and their girlfriends slipped through authorities' grasp yet again.
Two escaped inmates, Kenneth Grauman and Gregory Bradshaw, have been on the run since they escaped from the Lake County Residential Re-entry Program on Sept. 29. They're thought to be with their girlfriends Laura Grauman and Brittany Rector.
Both men were being in the reentry program because they had violated their parole. Kenneth Grauman violated parole by fleeing a police officer about a year ago. Bradshaw was in custody on charges of resisting a police officer in January of this year.
The escapees are considered armed and dangerous. They are thought to have clothes and camping gear.
Police set up a perimeter near 142nd Avenue and 22nd Street around 4 p.m. Wednesday after sightings of the escapees in the area. The perimeter was lifted around 5:15 p.m.
And before nightfall, police were leaving the area again -- empty-handed and frustrated.
"Our information right now is ... that they feel they've once again been able to elude us," Lt. Frank Baker of the Allegan County Sheriff's Department said.
Wednesday's activity started with a sighting between two sheds of two men and two women who didn't belong there.
"They were all huddled in between these two buildings like they were trying to stay out of eye-view," Ken Weber, who caught sight of the four, explained. "I was kind of nerved up. So was my brother at the time. We didn't know what to expect from them."
Weber said one of the girls asked to use his phone. He refused her and instead used it to call 911. But before authorities arrived, the four were gone.
The escapees are thought to have broken into a home near Dorr Wednesday, where they shaved and ate some of the residents' food. They're also thought to have broken into a shed near Dorr.
Wednesday afternoon, authorities said the pair may be in a vehicle stolen from Dorr. Authorities are looking for a 2000 white Ford Taurus with license plate BDN6542.
There is rust on the driver's side near the front wheels. The owner of the stolen vehicle said there is a dent above the driver's side front tire.
The owner of the Taurus told 24 Hour News 8 that he thinks the vehicle was stolen between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
"I'm just thankful that my wife wasn't here when they made their move," said Tony Rewa, who owns that stolen Taurus.
Rewa had locked his car and parked it in the garage, but the crooks broke through his door and somehow took off.
"I'm fine, my wife's fine. The kids are off to college. We can replace a car. Hopefully they don't hurt anybody else," said Rewa.
It's not yet known who exactly is in that Taurus. It could be Bradshaw and Grauman, their girlfriends Laura Grauman and Brittany Rector, or any combination of the four.
The Taurus is the third vehicle the escapees are accused of stealing in their run from the law. Police say they also stole a mini-van which they used in a high-speed chase down US-131 and then crashed in a field west of Sand Lake. They also allegedly stole a Jeep from Sand Lake that they used to elude police and eventually ditched Monday.
Dorr Elementary School, 4159 18th Street, was put on lockdown by the Allegan County Sheriff's Department at 3:55 p.m. They initially asked parents not to come to the school to get their children.
St. Sebastian Baptist Church on 22nd Avenue in Byron Township canceled their evening services out of concern for the safety of their parishioners.
The case has baffled the community. Residents were surprised that the suspects were still in the area Wednesday -- and stunned that they were able to slip beyond the scope of authorities again.
"We want this done with, you know?" said Ken Weber.
Margie Steffes of North Dorr General Store said feeling safe is a routine.
"We're a pretty quiet community," said Steffes.
But the last three days days, Steffes said, things have been different.
"Nuts," she said. "Watching the helicopter go zooming through here earlier."
Resident Wendy Norton agreed.
"People around here are not used to living like this. This is horrible," She said.
The normally calm country life has been crowded, clamored, and congested with police searching for the escapees.
"Once we found out they had guns, that upped the ante," said Norton.
The search has caused a buzz.
"So when something like this happens, everybody is out and they're talking to their neighbors," said Steffes.
The US Marshals are offering a $1,500 reward for information leading the arrest of the escapees. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911 and may remain anonymous.
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