Inmate accused of choking deputy out, escaping

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Posted: Apr 25, 2014 4:17 PM by Russell Jones
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: charged, st. landry parish, inmate, escape, tyrone byers, dentist

OPELOUSAS - Prosecutors filed additional charges Friday against a St. Landry Parish inmate who's accused of choking a guard unconscious and escaping from a dentist's office earlier this week.

Tyrone Byers, who escaped from custody for a few hours Tuesday morning, now faces battery and escape charges in addition to armed robbery charges from a previous incident.

Captain Megan Vizena with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday Byers was at a dentist's office with two deputies supervising him. Vizena asked one of the deputies to take him to the restroom, and Vizena said while in there Byers got the deputy in a head lock and choked him unconscious before escaping.

Law enforcement agencies began a manhunt for Byers, and said they got a tip from a truck stop he'd been seen in the area. Deputies said they caught Byers a short time later running through a field north of a different truck stop in the area.

Prosecutors charged Byers with aggravated escape and second degree batter of a correctional officer. He's also scheduled for arraignment on May 22 for the armed robbery charge from a previous incident in Melville.

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