Sheriff: Teen on run in Pointe Coupee has escaped multiple juvenile detention centers in past

Unfiltered with Kiran is told the teen on the run recently escaped a juvenile detention center just a few weeks ago.

A 17-yr-old teen is “wreaking havoc” in Pointe Coupee Parish according to Sheriff Rene Thibodeaux.

It all started on Christmas Day with two teenagers allegedly stealing a truck out of the Waterloo subdivision in Pointe Coupee Parish according to the sheriff.

Deputies knew there was a rifle and shotgun inside the truck when it was allegedly stolen. It’s why when a Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s deputy spotted the truck on Hwy 416, he stayed behind the truck but waited for back-up before attempting to pull over the driver. When the two deputies tried to stop the driver, Sheriff Thibodeaux said the two teenagers took off ditching the truck with both guns still inside the truck. Sheriff Thibodeaux said the duo first went into a home and then ran through Lorio Acres for at least 2-3 miles.

That’s when a resident called Pointe Coupee’s 911 saying someone was trying to break into their truck. Instead, officials said the two went to a home across from Hwy 1 and allegedly stole another truck to get away in.

It wasn’t until the following day, Dec. 26th when deputies saw the same truck (the second stolen truck) coming over the Audubon Bridge on Hwy 10. When deputies started following it, the driver drove the truck into a ditch according to Sheriff Thibodeaux. He added that at this point, there were now three teenagers in the truck. He said all three ran through an open field with one pulling a weapon and pointing it at a deputy. Sheriff Thibodeaux said shots were fired, but the deputy nor the suspect were injured. That specific teen who allegedly fired shots was arrested. Two others ran through an open field near the Pleasant View subdivision.

A second teen turned himself in Monday according to the sheriff.

Sheriff Thibodeaux said his deputies, the Angola Chase Team and their two dogs, BRPD’s helicopter as well as three sets of drones were used to search the entire area on Sunday, but at 8pm, officials called off the search saying they knew at that point there was no one left in the woods.

“It’s a very sad situation that could turn violent at any time if any of our residents were to get into a confrontation. They are wreaking havoc in Pointe Coupee Parish,” said Sheriff Thibodeaux.

To make matters worse, Sheriff Thibodeaux said he was very upset that, “No juvenile detention center in all of Louisiana would or could take the two teenagers in their facilities so we had to put ankle monitors on them and release them. The one arrested Sunday probably beat me home. That’s embarrassing and sad.”

Plus, Unfiltered with Kiran has learned the 17-yr-old who is still on the run has escaped at least two juvenile detention centers, the most recent escape was from Bunkie just a few weeks ago.

Due to all three teenagers being underage, Unfiltered with Kiran cannot release names or mugshots.

Sheriff Thibodeaux is asking for the public’s help to find the teen still on the run. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s office 24/7 at 225-694-3737.

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