June 25, 2018
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Police: Standish man who escaped cruiser, broke handcuffs turns himself in

York County Sheriff's Office | BDN
York County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Kevin Lawlor
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

CORNISH, Maine — A Standish man who had eluded sheriff’s deputies after being questioned about a theft at a York County mill surrendered on Tuesday night, according to police.

Kevin Lawlor, 31, who escaped from the backseat of a cruiser while handcuffed, surrendered to York County Sheriff’s Deputies and is facing multiple charges, according to Chief Deputy Bill King.

Lawlor had escaped while deputies were questioning Marc Murphy, 25, of Limington during a traffic stop early Monday. Murphy was a passenger in Lawlor’s pickup that was pulled over in the town of Cornish on suspicion the men were carrying stolen goods.

Murphy was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property as metal allegedly stolen from Contour 360, a mill in Cornish, was found in the pickup’s bed. He is being held on $1,000 bail at the York County Jail.

After Lawlor managed to escape on Monday, York and Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies engaged in what King described as an intense manhunt in the Standish area.

Soon after eluding police, Lawlor managed to cut his handcuffs off by using a grinding tool, according to York County Maj. Thomas Baron.

“He’s got a burn mark on his wrist where the grinding got a little close,” Baron said.

Before escaping the cruiser, Lawlor managed to slide his handcuffed hands in front of him, Baron said.

Lawlor surrendered to York County deputies Tuesday in Alfred, the chief deputy said. He was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with possession of stolen property and escape from police custody.

Lawlor remained at the York County jail on Wednesday morning on $500 cash bail. A court date has not been set for either man.

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