Dietz back in custody
Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon stated that at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday Steven Dietz was captured at a motel in Beaumont, Texas.
According to Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon, several law enforcement agencies met at the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office early this morning in an effort to re-capture Steven Dietz who escaped from a work release program on Tuesday in Claiborne Parish.
Melancon stated that the task force received information that Dietz was at a mobile home in the Evangeline area. Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office ERT Team along with the Task Force made entry and learned that the suspect has left the residence shortly before their arrival.
Around 4:30 p.m. the vehicle that Dietz was believed to be traveling in was located at a local motel in Beaumont. Dietz was arrested without incident and was transported and booked at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Melancon stated that the Department of Corrections has begun proceeding to bring Dietz back to Louisiana.
Also arrested was 20-year-old Brittney Jolie Charbonnet of Evangeline. She is being charged as an accessory. District Judge John Trahan set bond at $40,000.
The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office will begin proceedings to return Charbonnet to Acadia Parish.
Sheriff Melancon commended members of his department as well as Avoyelles Correctional, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole, Lafayette City Marshal’s Office, Louisiana State Police and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the capture of Dietz.