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Convicted killer Ike Souzer picked up by cops after escaping from California halfway house

An “extremely dangerous” teenager who was convicted of murdering his mother in 2017 has been arrested after escaping from a California halfway house last week, officials said on Sunday.

Ike Souzer, 18, removed his electronic monitoring bracelet hours after being transferred to a Santa Ana halfway house from Theo Lacy Institution in Orange on Wednesday, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

He was arrested Sunday at a homeless encampment in Anaheim by undercover investigators, DA spokeswoman Kimberly Ebb told The Post.

He is currently being held in the Santa Ana City Jail. He is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, but it is unclear at this time whether it will be in juvenile or regular court as he was serving time for a juvenile crime, Ebb said. .

Souzer – described as a high-functioning autistic teenager from the town of Garden Grove – was convicted of murdering his mother, 48-year-old Barbara Scheuer-Souzer, when he was just 13. He stabbed her repeatedly with a knife, then left her to die on the ground in front of their house.

He was also convicted in December of attacking three correctional officers, officials said.

He had been released into the halfway house 15 months earlier before his sentence expired on July 9, 2023, according to the prosecutor’s office.

This isn’t Souzer’s first escape. In 2019, the teenager scaled the fence at the Orange County Juvenile Detention Center in the middle of the night after climbing onto the roof of the facility before fleeing on foot.

He was picked up the same day from a McDonalds in Anaheim, where he was peacefully taken into custody.

New York Post

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