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LPD Reviews Procedures Following Release of Suspected Killer


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michael Lawrence, who is wanted for questioning in two homicides, is still on the run after fooling Lansing Police with two fake names.

In February, police arrested Lawrence in the 1100 block of Dorchester Circle in Lansing, but didn't even know it. Interim-Police Chief Mike Yankowski says officers thought they booked Dominic Saxton for originally giving them a fake name.

"He believed he had the right subject at that point and time and then the subject bonded out from the Lansing Police Department within an hour and 20 minutes from being brought in here," said Yankowski.

Two months later, LPD learned they had Lawrence in custody, the man from Saginaw wanted for questioning in two unrelated homicides. One of his girlfriend in April and the other of a 6-year-old in August of last year.

"Our hearts are broken that this wanted subject was able to get free from our grasp and slip through the fingers of our officers," said Yankowski.

He says the officer, a veteran of the force, won't be disciplined and that an internal investigation isn't needed. "There was no policies or procedures that were violated."

 Lansing Police say they've already taken action.


"Anyone that comes into the Lansing Police Department, if they're here for furnishing false information or there is any question about their identity, we'll take their finger prints and that has already been put in place," Yankowski added.

It could take weeks until all recommendations are integrated into the electronic policy and procedure handbook.

Michael Lawrence is about 5'10" and 160 pounds. He's considered armed and dangerous.

If you find him, call 9-1-1.

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