PLAQUEMINE, LA (WAFB) - A sex offender is on the run and investigators need the public's help finding him. Officials said they have reason to consider James Brewer, 45, dangerous and want him back in jail.
"Out of an abundance of caution, we are making the public aware that this person is out and his whereabouts are unknown," said Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi.
"The fact that he has not returned in what is now almost 48 hours, I do not believe he has any intentions of returning," said Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne.
Brewer was arrested in 2013 for an incident involving a young teenage girl. Some of his charges included aggravated rape, oral sexual battery and sexual battery.
"He withdrew his not guilty plea and entered a no contest plea to the amended charge of forcible rape," said Stassi earlier in the year.
Brewer was out on bond and was supposed to be in court to be sentenced earlier in the week. However, he never showed up. Payne said Brewer was staying with someone in the city of Plaquemine who let Brewer borrow his pickup truck to run an errand.
"He became concerned on Wednesday night on March 30 when the truck and the young man had not returned with the truck," Payne said Chief Payne.
The truck is a blue 2007, four-door Chevy Silverado with a Louisiana license plate "H 353 017." Chief Payne said the truck was hooked to a utility trailer and there was a lawnmower inside the trailer.
"We would hope that they help us locate him. We will be locating the U.S. Marshals to make sure he is already placed in NCIC, and we will be looking for him night and day," Stassi said.
Anyone who sees the truck or knows Brewer's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.