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Escaped Wake Inmate Found in Indiana

Posted December 18, 2007

— A man who escaped from prison while serving a 60-year sentence for a Wake County rape was captured in Indiana on Saturday.

Joseph Dixon Midyette was arrested on a DUI charge early Saturday, according to a Hancock County, Ind., sheriff's deputy. After Midyette was placed in jail, the sheriff's office learned he had at least 13 aliases, at least six different Social Security numbers and six different dates of birth.

Midyette was convicted in Indiana for a rape and served five years of a 10-year sentence. He was released in 1991.

Since that time, Midyette had been living in Indiana under a different name. He was also married and ran his own business.

Officials plan to extradiate Midyette to North Carolina, but details have not yet been worked out.


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  • ncweddingdj.com Dec 18, 2007

    Here he is, the answer to the question: "What is that yellow stuff in chicken manure?"

  • ctechic2004 Dec 18, 2007

    Catlover-He escaped from NC prison in 1988 and then went to Indiana and served time there.

  • Only In America Dec 18, 2007

    Midyette escaped in 1988 from North Carolina's Union Correctional Center after serving about two years of a 60-year sentence for his conviction in the 1985 rape of a Raleigh, N.C., woman.

    After Midyette's escape, records show he traveled to several states, including Florida and Indiana, where he served a five-year sentence as Bruce Youngs for a 1991 rape in Marion County.

    From the AP wire.

  • frenzeegrrl Dec 18, 2007

    His hair looks like it is from 1991.

  • djofraleigh Dec 18, 2007


    This N&O gives a better write up answering most questions.
    NO, no one is going ot say "let's let him stay with his new family and run his business."

  • dth Dec 18, 2007

    The N&O did a better job on the details of this story:


  • MizzZeta Dec 18, 2007

    oops - of WHO the people are...

  • MizzZeta Dec 18, 2007

    lilwil - I think catching illegal immigrants presents different challenges such having no official record of the people are; with this guy there were probably birth records, fingerprints, etc. that supported his identity. We don't have any of thst evidence for non-citizens.

  • lilwil Dec 18, 2007

    Why can't the state pull out all stops on catching these illegal immigrants as they did with this guy (which I'm glad he was caught). Strange how their hands are tied when it comes to them.

  • catlover Dec 18, 2007

    I'm really confused -- according to DOC he escaped from Union Co. on 12/13/88. He sure worked fast to go to Indiana, rape a woman, get caught, get tried, pull 5 years and get released in 1991. Somehow that just don't add up with the article.