CARENCRO — An inmate who escaped from Caldwell Parish deputies in Carencro on Monday afternoon was apprehended at a Breaux Bridge home Tuesday morning.
Brian Pete, 28, was arrested without incident just before noon at a home in the 400 block of Nettie Street. He was first booked into the Breaux Bridge Police Department, then released to Carencro Police and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a count of simple escape, said Carencro Police Chief Carlos Stout.
Stout said no further information is available about who was harboring Pete, as the investigation remains ongoing.
Pete managed to escape — while in handcuffs and shackles — from two Caldwell Correctional Center deputies who were transferring him along with a van full of inmates from the Lafayette jail to a prison in Grayson. One deputy was in the restroom while another was gassing up the van at the Texaco station on Veterans Drive, when Pete ran to a field behind the gas station, Stout said.
Pete — an engaged father of two children from Lafayette — was sentenced to 20 years in prison last month for armed robbery in a plea deal employed to avoid a habitual offender conviction with a life sentence, according to court documents.
Pete was arrested the same night he robbed a St. Joseph Street man at gunpoint on April 18, 2013, stealing two guns, a television and a Playstation 2, then using the man’s truck to transport the stolen goods.
After he fled the scene, police received reports of gunfire coming from the Truman neighborhood near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, where they located Pete with the stolen items, crack-cocaine and the paraphernalia used to smoke it.
For that incident, he was charged with armed robbery, aggravated burglary, unauthorized use of a movable and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Court documents reveal Pete’s criminal history began at age 12 when he was sentenced for burglary to two years at the Louisiana Training Institute, a juvenile correctional facility in Bridge City.
He served another five years as an adult for three arrests in 2005 for simple burglary, cocaine distribution, drug paraphernalia, aggravated flight from an officer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
He was also charged in 2012 for failing to register as a sex offender in connection with the 2005 sex crimes, according to court documents.
Pete’s arrest Tuesday was coordinated with the Carencro and Breaux Bridge police departments, the Lafayette and St. Martin Parish sheriff’s offices and the U.S. Marshal’s Office.