Escaped offender caught in ND cornfield
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
TOWER CITY, N.D. (AP) -- A convicted sex offender who escaped from a private transport company's van while being moved across the country was nabbed in a North Dakota corn field Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities say 29-year-old Joseph Megna was being transferred from Florida to Washington when he ran from the van during a stop west of Fargo on Tuesday. He was spotted running into the field Wednesday morning, and farmers in combines worked with SWAT team members to flush him out.
Local, state and federal officials had searched for Megna by land and by air. They believe he spent the night in a barn where he had access to drinking water from a faucet. They say he fled into the field Wednesday morning after a deputy spotted him hiding behind a fertilizer trailer.