Man charged with killing girlfriend recaptured after brief escape from Kalamazoo jail

Donnovan Lewis jumped two fences to escape the jail. (WWMT)

UPDATE: Police report that Donnovan Lewis has been taken into custody, and no one was hurt.

Shortly after reviving reports that Lewis had been seen near Maple and Burdick streets, he was re-captured in the area of Portage Road and Bryant Street, southeast of downtown Kalamazoo. The intersection is about three miles from the Kalamazoo County Jail, where Lewis reportedly climbed over two fences to escape custody. He was re-captured about 30 minutes after escaping.

Lewis is scheduled to go to trial on the murder charges on Sept. 25, 2018.

He was on recreational time, out in the jail yard, when he jumped the fences. Kalamazoo County Undersheriff James VanDyken said jail officials immediately notified his department as well as the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and township officials.

VanDyken also said that the department was working on issuing a red alert when Lewis was found.

The last time someone escaped from the Kalamazoo County Jail was in the 1970's. VanDyken said it's a very rare incident, and the department is now investigating the fences.

Kalamazoo Public Schools said police were in touch with school administrators and that Edison school was locked down for a short time during the manhunt.

(Below is video taken by a witness to the re-capture of Donnovan Lewis, via Facebook. VIEWER WARNING: This video contains language not suitable for all audiences.)


Donnovan Lewis, charged with killing his girlfriend and stuffing her body in a suitcase, has escaped police custody and authorities are warning Kalamazoo area residents to stay indoors.

Police sources said he climbed two fences Wednesday morning to escape from the Kalamazoo County Jail. Authorities said they are searching for Lewis, 25, and are encouraging the public to stay indoors.

The body of 24-year-old Aniya Mack, of Kalamazoo, was recovered from a creek off East Main Street near 26th Street in Comstock Township. Police said Lewis gave them valuable information that led them to Mack's body and was arrested shortly thereafter.

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CORRECTION: This article has been edited from its original post to correct the intersection where Donnovan Lewis was taken into custody.

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