By Mike Fletcher
Tribune staff writer
Kokomo police are on the lookout for two escaped convicts from Michigan who were seen in Kokomo Thursday morning.
Kenneth L. Grauman II, 32, and Gregory A. Bradshaw, 23, Allegan County, are believed to be armed and dangerous, Maj. Brian Seldon of the Kokomo Police Department said Thursday morning.
The pair escaped Saturday from the Michigan Department of Corrections Residential Reentry Facility in Baldwin and have been on the run since.
Kokomo police learned about the two fugitives when they received a call at 4:41 a.m. Thursday to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Kroger on South Washington Street, Seldon said. When police arrived, they discovered the car, a white Ford Taurus, had been stolen from Dorr, Mich.
After viewing the surveillance video from Kroger, police learned the two fugitives had been in the store with two females.
One woman was identified as Lauralee Grauman, 29, Kenneth Grauman’s cousin, and the other was Kenneth Grauman’s 17-year-old girlfriend.
Acting on a tip, Kokomo police converged on several houses in the 1600 block of North Lafountain Street at about 11 a.m.
Police with the aid of a K-9 searched several houses in the area including one house that had reportedly been broken into at about 4 a.m., but the fugitives were not found.
As police continued their search, police received a call of four suspicious people walking in the area of Malfalfa and Alto roads. Kokomo police and sheriff deputies responded to the area, but did not locate anyone.
About five minutes later, the Howard County Sheriff Department received a call of stolen pickup truck at Defenbaugh and Malfafa.
The farmer told police he parked his 2006 silver GMC was parked next to the road with his keys in the ignition while he was plowing his field. The truck had a Purdue University license plate and tool box in the bed, according to Seldon. There also were weapons in the truck, he added.
Police continue their search for the fugitives and remind people not to approach these men as they are armed and considered dangerous.
After their Saturday escape, the two men jumped into a stolen minivan, crashed the vehicle during a high-speed chase on U.S. 131 near Whitefish Lake in Michigan and fled on foot. The two were then spotted again Monday in Dorr, Mich.
Since their escape, houses and storage sheds in the area were broken into with food, a small amount of money and a shotgun taken, according to Michigan police. In one burglary, the men helped themselves to a shower, a shave and some dinner before fleeing.
Grauman is described as standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds.
Bradshaw stands 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 185 pounds, Seldon said. Police said the men have associates in Kokomo and could be traveling with the females.
Grauman was most recently convicted on weapons charges and was finishing a five-year sentence. He also had convictions for carrying a concealed handgun and ethnic intimidation.
Bradshaw had been sentenced to three years on a convicted of assault on a police officer and had prior convictions of breaking and entering a building with intent and home invasion robbery. Both were set to be released on supervised release next year.
Anyone with information about these fugitives or the females should contact Seldon at 765-456-7284, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS with an anonymous tips.