SANTA ANA, Calif.—An 18-year-old convicted killer described by authorities as “dangerous and violent” was taken back into custody Sunday after freeing himself of his electronic monitoring device and escaping from a halfway house in Santa Ana.
Ike Nicholas Souzer was arrested Sunday by the Orange County District Attorney’s AB 109 Task Force, OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer announced Sunday.
Souzer was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for stabbing his mother to death in 2017, when he was 13 years old, by Orange County Superior Court Judge Douglas J. Hatchimonji, and while in custody, he was convicted last December of attacking three correctional officers, according to prosecutors.
Souzer was ordered to wear an electronic monitor for the remainder of his sentence until it expired on July 9, 2023, and was released to a halfway house in Santa Ana, prosecutors said.
While on trial in juvenile court for the killing of his 47-year-old mother, Barbara Scheuer-Souzer, he escaped juvenile hall in Orange shortly after midnight April 12, 2019, and was arrested the next day at a McDonald’s restaurant in Anaheim.
Souzer stabbed his mother in their residence in the 11000 block of Gilbert Street in Garden Grove on May 4, 2017. She told authorities before she died in a hospital that her son was the one who attacked her.
He was released 15 months early to the halfway house, Spitzer said, but he did not explain the early release.