Levier captured in Eunice

Update (4/23/15 10:00 pm):

He escaped from law enforcement in St. Landry Parish twice. However after nearly two weeks on the run, attempted murder suspect, Theobegi Levier, was captured Thursday afternoon.

Levier was shackled and handcuffed when he was brought back to the St. Landry Parish Jail. A number of agencies, including State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s office, assisted in his capture. Master Trooper Brooks David says three state troopers caught him after a foot chase.

“He did not resist. He gave up after he saw he was surrounded. He took off through a field and we were able to capture him without incident,” says Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Guidroz says security was tightened as Levier was transported to the jail. “We didn’t know if anybody in his friendship were maybe following him to Opelousas to maybe spring him so we made sure we had enough security to protect him, the officers involved and any other citizens in the area.”

Levier escaped from St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s custody on April 13th and this marked his second escape from law enforcement.

Authorities says he overpowered a deputy and fled on foot while he was being transported to a doctor’s appointment, and since then, Lieutenant Clay Higgins says capturing Levier was top priority.

Higgins says Levier had to be carried into his bond hearing. “We brought him straight back into the court, the annex next door and he was complaining about a pain in his leg and refused to walk so we carried him quite gently.”

Guidroz says his office is investigating if Levier received any help during his escape.

Higgins says Levier is being held in the highest secured area of the jail without bond.

Before his second escape, Levier was facing charges of attempted first degree murder, attempted armed robbery and simple escape. Higgins says he is now facing an additional escape charge and two counts of battery against a police officer.

Levier’s trial is pending and this escape is still under investigation.


 

Original story by: Rob Macko

EUNICE, La. (KLFY) – Two-time jail escapee Theobegi Levier was captured late Thursday afternoon in Eunice. Authorities reportedly found him in a wooded area. Levier, 21, was on the run for ten days. He escaped from a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputy April 13 while being transported to a medical appointment. Sheriff’s officials said Levier was handcuffed and shackled when he escaped.

It’s the second time in two months Levier escaped from authorities. On February 9, Levier jumped out of a moving marshal’s vehicle while being escorted to the Opelousas City Jail. He was still in handcuffs at the time. Levier was captured nearly three weeks later in Ville Platte.

Levier was originally charged in February with attempted first degree murder and attempted armed robbery. He allegedly shot a man in the neck during an armed robbery in Eunice. Levier is now back in the St. Landry Parish Jail where he will face more charges related to his second escape.

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