LOS ANGELES – Authorities resumed on Friday a 15-year-old boy accused of killing his mother and escaping from a juvenile facility in southern California.
A "very good leader" drove the authorities to a McDonald's restaurant in Anaheim, where Ike Souzer was detained peacefully on Friday night, said Orange County Sheriff Captain Mike Peters. The teenager received medical treatment for leg wounds to the sting that could come from his escape, Peters said.
Ike Souzer escaped Orange County Juvenile Hall, climbed onto a roof and then broke through a perimeter fence just after midnight Friday, said Steve Sentman, probation officer for the county.
The prison staff spotted Souzer on the roof, then set off an alarm throughout the establishment and called the sheriff's office, he said.
Peters said the deputies were "very quick" to respond, but that Souzer was able to escape capture.
The sheriff's office aired a surveillance video showing Souzer tending to injure his leg shortly after escaping and then casually departing from the institution. The 6-foot-and-200-pound teenager was wearing red pants and a white shirt.
Dozens of law enforcement personnel, including FBI agents and federal marshals, searched for the boy.
Sentman said it was the first breakout of an installation of 434 beds for at least two decades and that an investigation was underway on how this is happening. had passed.
Souzer has been in police custody since the age of 13. He was arrested while he was suspected of having stabbed his mother, Barbra Scheuer-Souzer, 48, deadly. His escape took place right in the middle of Suzer's trial under the charge of murder in a juvenile court, said Kimberly Edds, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.
Souzer's public defender, David Hammond, did not immediately respond to a request for comment late Friday.
A page from Gofundme for Scheuer-Souzer says she was so good at helping her son with autism that she went back to school to help other people with Alzheimer's. that illness and that she was about to graduate from the University of California Los Angeles.
"Thanks to her unconditional love and commitment, she helped her son transition from a non-verbal status to a verbal status," according to the page. "His goal was to help his son and the autistic community by giving back and serving the needs of others."
Scheuer-Souzer had three other children and three grandchildren.