Fugitive Lives Free 42 years with Fake ID


A man who escaped prison back in 1975 used the identification of an infant who died to avoid apprehension for decades.

Stephen Michael York, 64, is finally behind bars again after being on the run for over 40 years.

York was arrested for armed robbery and sentenced to prison in North Carolina back in the early 70’s. When he escaped prison in 1975, he managed to get his hands on the identification documents of an infant who had passed away after two weeks of life back in 1949. York then assumed the identity of the child, Joel Dean Hanes.

York lived for over 4 decades as Joel Dean Hanes and was even married under that name before being accused of domestic violence and getting divorced back in 1989. He received a driver’s license, made many insurance claims for numerous car accidents he was involved in and had many run-ins with the law, all under his assumed name.

It wasn’t until York became involved in yet another car crash in Middleburg, Florida, on August 22, 2016, that his identity was finally discovered.

York he initially handed over a photo ID showing Hanes’ name, but when it was “flagged” by the investigating officer, York gave his other ID, with his real name on it.

Clark County Jail where York is being held

Clark County Jail where York is being held

The Florida Highway Patrol launched an investigation, issued a warrant York’s arrest on January 10 of this year and York turned himself in on Friday. York faces charges including the fraudulent use of the identity of a deceased person, insurance fraud, and possession of an illegal driver’s license.

He is being held at Clay County Jail on $30,000 bond.

H/T: Daily Mail

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