Alleged child rapist on the loose after cutting off GPS bracelet, assaulting stepfather

Alleged child rapist on the loose after cutting off GPS bracelet, assaulting stepfather

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Police say an alleged child rapist who went missing last week returned to Southbridge on Thursday and seriously assaulted a family member. He is now armed, dangerous and on the loose.

Gregory Lewis, 26, reportedly cut off his GPS monitoring device on September 15 and took off in his parents' blue 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, license plate number 85GF63.

Lewis, wanted for several outstanding felony arrest warrants, allegedly returned Thursday night when police say he beat and tied up his stepfather to prevent him from calling for help. Authorities believe Lewis then armed himself with a handgun and left the residence.

A man with visible head and facial injuries answered the door Saturday at the home where the alleged assault happened, but refused to go on camera.

Neighbor Toby Power lives just a few houses away from where Lewis allegedly assaulted his stepfather.

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"My wife and I, we just had triplets. They're 3 months old so when we found out Thursday night that there was a man on the loose with guns it was quite scary," he said.

Lewis was last seen 30 miles southwest in Vernon, Connecticut at a convenience store where he was caught on camera.

The ongoing manhunt forced after-school activities to be canceled in both Southbridge and Quaboag Regional School District Friday because it's believed Lewis may know people there.

"I'm not afraid, but I always think that if a person's desperate enough and they've committed one crime, they'll do something else," resident Lou Marin said.

The suspect is considered to be extremely dangerous and traveling in the same Jeep Grand Cherokee. Anyone with information is urged to call Southbridge Police Department Detective Unit at 508-764-5420.