Prison Escapee Captured In New Bern

A man who lawmen say escaped from Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro Saturday night has been captured.

Officials say Johnny Dickerson was captured shortly after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday in a wooded area off Highway 17 south of New Bern.

Officials say he surrendered to officers without incident.

Dickerson, age 29, was serving a six-month sentence for misdemeanor larceny, communicating threats and simple assault. He is awaiting trial on more than a dozen business robberies in Havelock and New Bern in the fall of 2008.



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A man who is facing numerous charges stemming from a robbery spree last fall has escaped from prison.

The Department of Correction says Johnny Dickerson escaped from the Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro Saturday night.

The 29-year-old Dickerson was convicted in Craven County and was serving a six-month sentence for misdemeanor larceny, communicating threats and simple assault.

He is still awaiting trial on 15 different business robberies that happened during a several week period in late October and early November in New Bern and Havelock.

Dickerson was arrested along with Nicole Thomas in the robbery spree after a joint investigation by Craven deputies, New Bern police and Havelock police.

Prison authorities say Dickerson lived in New Bern and may be in that area.

Anyone who has seen Dickerson or has information on his whereabouts should call Neuse Correctional Institution at 919-731-2023 or call your local law enforcement agency.


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  • by robert Location: newport on Feb 4, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    Many atta boys for THE P.E.R.T.TEAM. Keep up the good work.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    To: nancy Location: nebraska...You put a whole new meaning to the word smart...
  • by hello Location: goldsboro on Feb 3, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    Really,Did this fool think he would not be caught?Thank you WITN for keeping us posted.Keep up the good work!!!!!
  • by Alex Location: Vanceboro on Feb 3, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    We speak of rehabilitation. However, what ever happened to the word punishment. Maybe if this guy is actually punished he won't be so stupid again. By the way, is it just me or does he look a lil mentally challenge in the pic?
  • by MrT on Feb 3, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    Hey Dummy, was those 3 nights out worth the extra time you're going to get? I hope they give you at least 10 extra years.
  • by AVRECON on Feb 3, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    If this guy doesn't change his ways, we'll be reading about how he died in a shootout with police.
  • by Armed4Protection Location: Goldsboro on Feb 3, 2009 at 09:31 AM
    Yet another argument for summary execution. This miscreant is bereft of redeeming value. "Rehabilitation" is a farce.
  • by CORRECTION OFFICER Location: GREENE COUNTY on Feb 3, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    YOU CAN RUN BUT U CANT HIDE!! THE P.E.R.T.TEAM IS COMING AFTER YOU!!!!
  • by nancy Location: nebraska on Feb 3, 2009 at 08:48 AM
    this was a inside help ,, look very careful he will be very close bye..looking at yall lauhing at you ...he isint very smart huh.
  • by myself Location: unknown on Feb 3, 2009 at 05:06 AM
    i hope they catch him... he is nothing but trouble. trust me i know
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