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Manhunt underway for escapee suspected of attempted murder

Theobigi Levier (Source: St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office) Theobigi Levier (Source: St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office)
OPELOUSAS, LA (WAFB) -

A massive search is underway for a man suspected of attempted murder who escaped while being transported to a health unit.

The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office reported Theobigi Levier escaped from the custody of correctional officers when he was taken to a health care unit in Opelousas.

Authorities said the evidence showed Levier overpowered a deputy and ran off as he was being taken out of the transport van. They added he was still handcuffed and shackled.

Levier was being held on charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and simple escape. He was arrested on February 25. Investigators said prior to his arrest, he got away from Opelousas marshals who were transporting him to be booked on the charges.

Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said Levier will face additional charges when he is caught.

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