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Police capture violent offender who fled halfway house

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Posted at 9:07 PM, Apr 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-18 00:07:21-04

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police have captured a California man who disappeared from a halfway house following an early release from prison five years after stabbing his mother to death.

The District Attorney's office said 18-year-old Ike Nicholas Souzer removed his electronic monitoring bracelet Wednesday within hours of being moved to a halfway house in Orange County.

Souzer had been released that day from a maximum security jail. Police said Sunday that Souzer was back in custody.

His grandmother tells the LA Times she was told a judge decided to release him early “to give him a chance."

Souzer had previously escaped from juvenile hall while awaiting trial in 2019.