GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The two escaped inmates and their girlfriends had nearly $2300 and a loaded .357 with them when they were arrested Thursday night at a motel in Colorado.
The Budget Host Inn in Canon City - where Gregory Bradshaw, Kenneth Grauman II, Laura Lee Grauman (Kenneth's cousin) and Brittany Rector were found -- re-opened late Friday after being closed while theactive meth lab was dismantled, the Canon City Daily Record reports.
A search of the motel room found $2,293 and the loaded handgun - stolen from the state of Michigan - and a meth lab that was in operation at the time. The Canon City Police Chief, Paul Schultz, told 24 Hour News 8 the meth lab was cooking in the bathroom.
The fugitives are also being investigated for shoplifting at a Walmart in Canon City on Oct. 10.
All but Rector are being held in the Fremont County Jail on numerous state and federal charges. Rector, 17, was taken to the Spring Creek Juvenile Detention Facility in Colorado Springs.
The Canon City Daily Record reports:
- Kenneth Grauman, Bradshaw and Lauralee Grauman were advised of their charges in court Friday.
- Kenneth Grauman and Bradshaw are each being held in the Fremont County Jail without bond on fugitive of justice warrants from Michigan.
- Lauralee Grauman is being held on $2,000 bond on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated motor vehicle theft, conspiracy to commit theft and possession of a controlled substance.
Escapees Gregory Bradshaw, 23, and Kenneth Grauman II, 32, and their girlfriends, 29-year-old Laura Lee Grauman (Kenneth's cousin) and 17-year-old Brittany Rector, were found at a motel in Canon City, Colo., Allegan Police Chief Rick Hoyer told 24 Hour News 8 Thursday evening.
KOAA, the NBC affiliate out of Colorado Springs, confirmed through the Canon City police chief that there was an active methamphetamine lab found in the escapee's motel room. The entire motel had to be evacuated, though no one was hurt.
The police chief told KOAA the four suspects checked into the Budget Host Royal Gorge Inn on Wednesday.
Steve Hetherington, supervisor of the US Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in West Michigan, told 24 Hour News 8 Thursday night that they developed information by interviewing friends and others that the four may head to Canon City, where they knew someone.
"When we developed further information that we thought it was likely they were headed that way, we sent the whole case file out there," said Hetherington.
Around 7 p.m EDT Thursday, Bradshaw and Grauman were arrested at the motel by a Pueblo County SWAT team.
"They went down without a fight," said Hetherington.
Bradshaw and Kenneth Grauman escaped from the Lake County Residential ReEntry Program on Sept. 29.
A donation account has been set up to help the family with its search to find a missing loved one.
Wind chills will be in the single figures Thursday, with snowfall totals in the 1- to 3-inch range.
The passenger in a pickup truck that slid off U.S. 31 and rolled over told 24 Hour News 8 that watching the video of the crash is "heart-wrenching."