Timothy Midgett's two-week taste of freedom has come to an abrupt end. The San Francisco inmate who escaped from jail while taking out the garbage, was located last night and is back behind bars.
Midgett, 40, was scheduled to be released from jail next month after serving almost a year in jail for possession of narcotics. But instead of finishing the last leg of his sentence, Midgett decided he was done early and just walked out of jail.
On June 7, Midgett was being escorted to the basement of the Hall of Justice to empty the trash when he bolted out the door. Deputies chased after him on foot, but reportedly couldn't keep up and lost sight of him.
Midgett was on the lam until last night when deputies got a phone call from someone who tipped them off that the wanted inmate was at the St. Vincent de Paul Society's homeless shelter on Fifth Street.
Deputies raced over to the shelter and took Midgett into custody at about 8:10 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Department. Midgett was charged with felony escape with a no-bail warrant and was booked into San Francisco County Jail -- again.
Deputies obtained an arrest warrant for a former inmate who they believe helped Midgett escape from jail. Palo Alto police arrested that person and the former inmate is now a current inmate in San Francisco County Jail. Authorities were not releasing the name of the accused collaborator.
The Sheriff's Department provided no more details on how Midgett slipped out of jail so easily, but vowed to make sure it doesn't happen again.