Bellingham Police arrested a Capital Murder suspect out of Dallas County Texas Saturday afternoon. Police say the suspect, 43-year-old Johnny Lewis Jr. allegedly fled Texas following the murder of a 2 year old girl and may be attempting to cross the border into Canada.
Federal officers from the U.S Marshal and U.S Border Patrol alerted Bellingham Police that Lewis would likely attempt to make entry into Canada by either train or bus. Bellingham Officers were provided a detailed physical description including a recent photo of Lewis.
Police shared Lewis' description with local Taxi and Whatcom Transit Authority Drivers.
Police say at about 1:13 p.m, a Whatcom Transit Authority driver called one of the Bellingham Officers by cell phone to tell him that a person matching the description of Lewis just departed his bus at D and West Holly Street.
Several officers attempted to make contact with Lewis but he quickly bolted resulting in a brief foot pursuit. The foot chase lasted about 2 minutes. Lewis was detained without incident.
Lewis initially refused to tell officers his real name offering an alias with no supporting identification.
He was identified by officers using the detailed description and photograph provided. Lewis was booked into Whatcom County Jail where he admitted to the Corrections Officers that he was indeed Johnny Lewis Jr.
Johnny Lewis Jr. is being held on a no bail fugitive warrant out of Dallas County Texas for Capital Murder.