Orange County

‘Extremely Dangerous' Teen Who Disappeared from OC Halfway House Has Been Found

The Orange County District Attorney released a brief warning to the public Friday, saying 18-year-old Ike Souzer cut off his electronic monitor and left the halfway house.

Orange County District Attorney

The Orange County District Attorney's office task force has found the 18-year-old convicted of voluntary manslaughter who escaped a from a halfway house in Santa Ana on April 13, the DA's office said Sunday.

"Souzer was apprehended on a warrant by the OCDA AB109 Task Force this afternoon," the DA's office said in a statement on Sunday.

"Orange County Probation conducted the Initial investigation and surveillance," the office said. "The Orange County Sheriff’s TAT Team assisted OC Probation. Anaheim Police Department assisted with perimeter and takedown with AB109 Task Force."

The Orange County District Attorney released a brief warning to the public Friday, saying Ike Souzer cut off his electronic monitor and left the halfway house.

Souzer's voluntary manslaughter charge came after he stabbed his mother when he was 13. He had previously escaped from Orange County Juvenile Hall.

The DA also said Souzer was convicted of attacking three correctional officers in December.

A teen accused of killing his mother escaped juvenile hall. Authorities say he left his locked cell and got onto the roof. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC News at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019.
A teen accused of killing his mother escaped juvenile hall. Authorities say he left his locked cell and got onto the roof. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC News at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019.

He was ordered to wear an electronic monitor for the rest of his sentence. It was set to expire on July 9, 2023 before he went missing from the halfway house.

Souzer was most recently at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange.

The public announcement said Souzer was "at large after being released on electronic monitoring."

He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the 2017 death of his mother in Garden Grove.

Someone called and reported that they had seen Barbara Scheuer-Souzer suffering stab wounds in her stomach in front of the home in the 11000 block of Gilbert Street, Garden Grove police said at the time.

She told officers she had been attacked by her 13-year-old son.

She was taken to the hospital but later died that night, police said.

He was found at a shopping center a half mile away shortly after Scheuer-Souzer was found injured.

In 2019, Souzer was taken back into custody after he escaped from juvenile hall in Orange in the middle of the night.

He escaped from a locked housing unit and scaled a barbed-wire fence, officials said at the time.

He was found the next day at a McDonald's.

According to inmate records, he was released to the halfway house April 13, 2022, and was to be monitored electronically, but he escaped on the same day.

The DA did not provide any other comments when NBCLA reached out.

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