St. Landry

Apr 25, 2014 7:16 PM by Dave Fields

New charges for inmate who overpowered deputy during restroom break at dentist

More details are now known about how a St. Landry Parish inmate escaped the custody of two sheriff's deputies while at the dentist, as well as the additional charges that inmate will face.

According to Capt. Megan Vizena, St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson, the escape began with a request to go to the bathroom.

"While inmate Tyrone Byers was under the supervision of 2 deputies at a local dentist office, Byers asked one of the deputies to escort him to the restroom. While in the restroom, Byers, who stands 6'6" and 225lbs, overpowered the deputy by placing him in a head lock and began chocking him until the deputy became unconscious. All surrounding agencies were notified of Byers escape and a man hunt began immediately," Vizena explained.

Luckily, Byers was spotted and reapprehended within a short period of time.

"At approximately 9:20 a.m., an employee at the Gold Rush Truck Stop reported seeing a black male subject fitting the description of Byers. Deputies were able to locate Byers at 9:22 a.m. running in a field north of the Quarters Truck Stop."

As a result of his incident at the dentists office, Byers was formally charged Friday with the additional charges of aggravated escape and second degree battery of a correctional officer.

Byers will appear in front of Judge Donald Hebert on Monday for his additional charges. He is also scheduled for an arraignment on May 22 for an armed robbery charge from a previous incident that occurred in Melville. Byers also will be arraigned later in Texas on a similar armed robbery charge, Vizena said.

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