Alleged prison escapee refuses to admit she is the fugitive

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A woman who was arrested this week in her Balboa Park-area apartment, 37 years after allegedly escaping from a Midwestern prison, refused Thursday to admit that she is the person sought by Michigan authorities.

Judy Lynn Hayman, 60, was ordered held without bail, pending arraignment on a fugitive complaint tomorrow and an identity hearing in about 10 days.

“In every criminal case, the accused has the right to challenge the allegations against her, and that's what she's doing right now,” said Hayman's attorney, Lisa Damiani. “Our process allows us to take the Fifth Amendment, for example, in order to be able to look into the underlying facts and make a determination as to what the truth is, and find out what the truth is, and then once we find out what the truth is, make a legitimate statement to the world, so to speak.”

Acting on information from Michigan corrections officials, San Diego police arrested Hayman in the 3500 block of First Avenue late Monday afternoon, said Lt. Kevin Mayer, a San Diego Police Department spokesman.

Hayman initially claimed to be someone else and provided documents bearing her alias but eventually admitted her true identity under questioning, according to Mayer. Her 32-year-old son was visiting when officers arrived and seemed “quite surprised” by the revelations about his mother, the lieutenant said.

Hayman pleaded guilty in June 1976 to an attempted larceny charge for trying to steal clothes from a Detroit-area store and was sentenced to serve between 16 months and two years in custody, according to prison officials there.

Ten months later, she escaped from the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility. She remained a fugitive until this week, using various aliases — including Judy Kayman and Brenda Bushmer — while at large, officials said.

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