St. Petersburg Times Online: News of Florida
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
  • Florida cities host rallies to support U.S. troops
  • Florida fugitive captured after escaping in North Carolina
  • FAU investigates car purchase
  • Police officer runs over sunbathers; one killed

  • From the state wire

  • Hurricane Jeanne appears on track to hit Florida's east coast
  • Rumor mill working overtime after Florida hurricanes
  • Developments associated with Hurricanes Ivan and Jeanne
  • Four killed in Panhandle plane crash were on Ivan charity mission
  • Hurricane Frances caused estimated $4.4 billion in insured damage
  • Disabled want more handicapped-accessible voting machines
  • USF forces administrators to resign over test score changes
  • Man's death at Universal Studios ruled accidental
  • State child welfare workers in Miami fail to do background checks
  • Hurricane Jeanne heads toward southeast U.S. coast
  • Hurricane Jeanne spurs more anxiety for storm-weary Floridians
  • Mistrial declared in case where teen was target of racial "joke"
  • Panhandle utility wants sewer plant moved to higher ground
  • State employee arrested on theft, bribery charges
  • Homestead house fire kills four children, one adult
  • Pierson leader tries to cut off relief to local fern cutters
  • Florida's high court rules Terri's law unconstitutional
  • Jacksonville students punished for putting stripper pole in dorm
  • FEMA handling nearly 600,000 applications for help
  • Man who killed wife, niece, self also killed mother in 1971
  • Producer sues city over lead ball fired by Miami police
  • Tourism suffers across Florida after pummeling by hurricanes
  • Key dates in the life of Terri Schiavo
  • An excerpt from the unanimous ruling in the Schiavo case
  • Four confirmed dead after small plane crash in Panhandle
  • Correction: Disney-Cruise Line story
  • tampabay.com

    printer version

    Florida fugitive captured after escaping in North Carolina

    ©Associated Press
    February 23, 2003

    MURPHY, N.C. -- A Florida inmate broke a window hinge and escaped from a North Carolina jail for several hours before a homeowner stopped him at gunpoint.

    William Thomas Hewlett, 32, said he buried himself to avoid capture by the 50 or so deputies on his trail late Thursday, said Cherokee County Sheriff Keith Lovin.

    "He was quite ingenious, actually," Lovin said.

    Hewlett also told deputies he broke into a Cherokee County home for clothing and stole a pickup while on the lam. He was stopped by another homeowner Friday morning.

    Hours after his recapture, Hewlett was brought to the Asheville Regional Airport be flown to Pinellas County.

    In Florida, Hewlett faces multiple charges of armed robbery, bank robbery and home invasion, the sheriff said.

    Hewlett was arrested Monday in North Carolina after leading deputies on a foot chase. Once in jail, Hewlett immediately set to work on breaking the window hinge, Lovin said.

    Back to State news
    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
     
    Special Links
    Lucy Morgan


    From the Times state desk