St. Landry inmate captured after 11 days on the lam in second escape _lowres

Photo provided by KATC -- Authorities catch Theobegi Levier outside Eunice on Thursday.

Less than two hours after investigators closed in on a rural area west of Eunice on Thursday afternoon, escaped St. Landry Parish inmate Theobigi Levier was back in police custody without incident after almost two weeks on the run in his second escape this year.

Levier, who’s accused of hitting two correctional officers escorting him to a Bloch Street health unit on the morning of his April 13 escape, went straight from the wilderness to a magistrate judge after his 5:15 p.m. capture west of La. 757 and north of U.S. 190, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Clay Higgins said.

“He’s being watched very, very carefully and he’s under the highest level of security,” Higgins said.

Levier, booked into the St. Landry Parish jail on two counts of battery of a police officer and a count of simple escape, is being held without bail, Higgins said.

Authorities continue to investigate who may have helped Levier elude capture during his 11-and-a-half days at large.

“If we can develop probable cause that someone assisted this man, then they could be looking at serious criminal charges,” Higgins said.

Levier was arrested Feb. 25 after escaping from an Opelousas deputy marshal’s car in a Feb. 8 arrest on counts of attempted first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and simple escape. He’s accused of shooting a man in the neck during an attempted robbery disguised as a drug deal, Eunice Police have said.