Nebraska prison escapee named as person of interest in Ind. home invasion

William Gajdik (Source: Dearborn County Sheriff's Office)
William Gajdik (Source: Dearborn County Sheriff's Office)
William Gajdik (Source: Nebraska Department of Corrections)
William Gajdik (Source: Nebraska Department of Corrections)

BRIGHT, IN (FOX19) - A prison escapee from Nebraska has been named as a person of interest in a burglary and shooting in Dearborn County.

William Gajdik, 38, currently has a warrant for escape from the State of Nebraska. He was serving a 10 to 20 year sentence on a burglary conviction. According to records with the Nebraska Department of Corrections, he escaped on July 29, 2011.

Gajdik is 5'10" with blue eyes and reddish brown hair. He was last seen driving a 1995 black Ford Thunderbird, Indiana license plate number 717AUY. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Gajdik is accused of shooting a homeowner on Tuesday afternoon in Logan Township, just outside of Bright.

According to police, the suspect involved in the shooting was at a home Tuesday morning around 10 a.m. on the 3200 block of North Dearborn Road. When the owner noticed a strange car in his driveway, he pulled the keys from the ignition and put them in his pocket. He then entered his house to find the suspect stealing some jewelry. The suspect fled down North Dearborn Road.

Authorities say he ended up hiding out in a house on Ruth Avenue, less than two miles away. When the homeowner came back to Ruth Avenue, the suspect reportedly shot him in the back.

The family of the victim requested that his name not be released. According to neighbors, he is "doing well" in the hospital and is expected to undergo additional surgery Thursday

Anyone with information on Gajdik's whereabouts should call the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit Tip Line at 812-537-3571 or the Dearborn County Sheriff's Office at 812-537-3431.

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