OPELOUSAS — A shackled St. Landry Parish suspect who escaped from custody for the second time since February continued to elude authorities Tuesday as the manhunt for the attempted murder suspect moved into its second night.
Authorities are keeping watch on 21-year-old Theobegi Levier’s family and known accomplices, following any leads reported about his possible whereabouts, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Clay Higgins said.
Those leads brought authorities to numerous communities in St. Landry Parish, and tips also led them to explore areas of Evangeline and Lafayette parishes. But the search is not confined to any particular area, Higgins said.
“It’s a dynamic, moving target when you’re searching for somebody like this,” he said. “But the fact of the matter is (Levier) has to rely upon people who are willing to risk jail themselves to hide him or help him travel.”
Levier knocked a corrections officer to the ground Monday morning as he was being escorted, along with another inmate, from a van and into the health care unit on Bloch Street, authorities have said. The officer last spotted Levier, who was wearing an orange jumpsuit and whose hands and ankles were shackled, running toward Railroad Avenue.
His first escape was on Feb. 8, as he was being arrested in a Feb. 7 shooting and attempted armed robbery in Eunice. Levier, whose hands were cuffed behind his back, was being transported in the back seat of an Opelousas deputy marshal’s car when he managed to get his arms in front of him, open the car window and jump out, authorities have said.
He was on the lam that time for three weeks, and was apprehended on Feb. 25 in Ville Platte.
Upon his capture, his bond was set at $425,000 and a count of simple escape was added to his original booking counts of attempted first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery in the Feb. 7 shooting, in which the victim was shot in the neck.
Levier now faces another count of simple escape as well as a count of battery of a police officer, Higgins said.
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