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 Soileau Sentenced to 70 Year in Prison
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1 year ago

Soileau Sentenced to 70 Year in Prison

The man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Pine Prairie bank after escaping from jail has been sentenced to 70 years at hard labor. District Attorney Trent Brignac says Bryan Keith Soileau will serve 66 years without the benefit of parole, probation, or the suspension of his sentence. In August, Soileau pleaded guilty multiple charges in connection with the October 2011 bank robbery. Soileau led police on a manhunt for two weeks before he was captured in Oklahoma.

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2 years ago

Brian Keith Soileau Convicted of Armed Robbery

A man accused of robbing a Pine Prairie bank has been convicted. Evangeline Parish District Attorney Trent Brignac says Brian Keith Soileau was convicted today of the armed robbery for the incident which took place one year ago today at Citizen's Bank. Soileau was scheduled to stand trial next week, but he changed his plea to "guilty." In addition to the armed robbery charge, Soileau was convicted of theft of a firearm, simple burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and illegal use of a weapon. Soileau will be sentenced on November 29. He faces a total of 143 years in prison.

Charges are still pending against Soileau for his escape from Pine Prairie Prison last October and for his alleged robbery of another bank shortly thereafter.

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2 years ago

Brian Keith Soileau returns to Louisiana

By 5:00 today, Brian Keith Soileau will be in a Louisiana state prison, but Department of Public Safety and Corrections Communications Director Pam Laborde can't say which prison. DOC personnel picked up Soileau at the Oklahoma County Jail this morning.

Soileau was a DOC inmate held on felony charges at the Pine Prairie Correctional Center when he escaped on Oct. 13. He was in jail for an armed robbery charge and seven other crimes. He was captured last week in Oklahoma and was on the run for nearly two weeks after escaping.

He's accused of robbing a bank in Evangeline Parish before making his way to Oklahoma. Capt. Shawn Eckhart with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office says Soileau will face new charges in Evangeline Parish sometime next week.

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2 years ago

Brian Soileau accused of stealing not one, but two trucks

KATC has just learned Brian Keith Soileau is accused of stealing two trucks while on the run after escaping from the jail in Pine Prairie. Soileau allegedly stole the first truck in Pine Prairie, and drove it to Orange County, TX, then ditched it, according to Evangeline Parish Sheriff Detective Shawn Eckhart said. While in Orange County, Soileau then allegedly stole a second truck, the tan GMC truck he was found driving in Oklahoma. He drove it back to Vidrine, where he allegedly robbed Guaranty Bank, Tuesday morning. He then went to Oklahoma, Eckhart said.

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2 years ago

Update: Brian Keith Soileau

We're learning more information about Brian Keith Soileau, and how his run from the law ended in Oklahoma. Soileau was shot while driving on an Oklahoma interstate and crashed the stolen truck he was driving. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol's decision to use deadly force was due to Soileau driving the wrong way on the interstate, Trooper Betsy Randolph said. A bullet went through Soileau's side and back, and after a stay in an Oklahoma hospital, he's in good condition. Two troopers suffered minor injuries. They were not shot.

An Oklahoma TV station reported Soileau robbed a bank in Texas, but KATC has confirmed that's not true. The days between his escape from the Pine Prairie Correctional Center and his capture in Oklahoma, authorities say Soileau broke into camps and stole food in Evangeline Parish. His wife, Anna Soileau, is accused of providing him with clothing and food and is charged with obstruction of justice and accessory after fact of simple escape. How he escaped from the jail is still under investigation.

It's unclear when Soileau will be extradited back to Louisiana. He's in the Oklahoma County Jail and can waive extradition or fight it which would delay his return to Evangeline Parish. Oklahoma authorities could choose to keep him and charge him there first.

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2 years ago

Soileau Released From Hospital, Awaiting Extradition

Despite being injured in a shootout with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Brian Soileau, the escaped inmate from Evangeline Parish has already been released from an Oklahoma City hospital.

Soileau's 13 days on the lam came to a dramatic end Wednesday morning when he was recognized in an Oklahoma City Walmart. That led to a 30 mile car chase, in which troopers say Soileau reached speeds of 95 miles per hour, going the wrong way down the interstate.

"I knew if someone came across him, he was going to run," said Soileau's mother-in-law, Renee Swain. "I'm just thankful no one else got hurt, that was our big fear that he was going to take out someone elses husband or father."

Soileau was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail at 10:39 Wednesday night and is awaiting extradition back to Louisiana.

Jim Hummel

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2 years ago

Search for Evangeline Parish Escaped Inmate Ends

The search for an escaped Evangline Parish prisoner ends. Brian Soileau is in custody this evening. He escaped from the Pine Praire Correctional Center two weeks ago tomorrow. Investigators said he climbed a barbed wire fence to break out. He was serving time for burglary and awaiting trial for robbing a bank in Pine Prarie.

The manhunt ended today just south of Oklahoma City. He led authorities on a chase and after a shoot out between deputies and Soileau, he was finally captured.

Sheriff Eddie Soileau said he's glad its come to an end.

He said, " I'm happy. My department is happy with all the work we put in and I'm sure the people in the parish are feeling safer and happy as of this day."

After 13 days and countless hours of searching, authorities finally received a tip that escaped inmate Brian Soileau was seen hundreds of miles away near Oklahoma City.

State Trooper Stephen Hammons said, "he was pulling out of Wal-mart at which point he was driving the vehicle. The same vehicle we thought he was driving yesterday. He was still in that car and that's when the pursuit ensued."

Soileau led Oklahoma authorities on a forty minute chase traveling at speeds up to 95 miles per hour and driving the wrong way down Interstate 35.

Hammons said,"he actually had a foot pursuit with them, where shots were exchanged with him and the troopers."

Troopers say Soileau was hit and transported to a hospital where he's in serious condition. Sheriff Eddie Soileau said this isn't the inmates first encounter with the law, but he didn't think it would end so dramatically.

"I never knew him as a violent person," he said. "But one thing led to another with the escape and the bank robbery and he was becoming a very violent person."

He said the investigation is far from over.

"We aren't going to leave one rock uncovered because we have information that he was aided and ebbed ed by at least one person, possibility more, and the details of where he stayed are still unfolding," he explained.

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2 years ago

Escaped inmate Brian Keith Soileau in serious condition

Escaped inmate Brian Keith Soileau is in serious condition in an Oklahoma hospital. Earlier today, Oklahoma authorities caught Soileau in Murray County Oklahoma, after the United States Marshal Service Metro Fugitive Task Force received information that Soileau was at a Wal-Mart in Norman, Oklahoma. "As they were arriving, they spotted Soileau leaving the parking lot and attempted to pull him over. Soileau fled from authorities and was eventually taken into custody, by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Metro Fugitive Task Force, after a vehicle pursuit and foot chase. Soileau was taken to a hospital after receiving injuries during an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement," Trooper Stephen Hammons said.

More than 15 different law enforcement agencies and over 100 law enforcement officers assisted the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office with the search for Soileau in Evangeline Parish. "The apprehension of Brian Keith Soileau is credited to all of the involved law enforcement agencies working together and sharing information to locate Soileau," said Captain Becket Breaux, Troop I Commander. "We understand that agency partnerships are a must in order to keep our communities safe, and we will continue to provide assistance in any way that we can."

The agencies that assisted the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office were the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Posse, Angola Chase Team, Louisiana State Police Troops I, D, and E, as well as Louisiana State Police Region 2 detectives, Louisiana State Police Air Support, United States Marshal Service Violent Offender Task Force for the Western District of Louisiana, Port Barre Police Department, St. Landry Sheriff's Office, Eunice Police Department, Allan Correctional Center, Pine Prairie Police Department, and the Opelousas Police Department.

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2 years ago

NEW VIDEO: Brian Keith Soileau Taken to the Hospital

NEW VIDEO: Escaped inmate Brian Keith Soileau taken to the hospital following a police chase on the interstate. See the video by pressing THIS LINK.

From our ABC Affiliate (KOCO): An armed escapee from Louisiana was arrested near Davis on Wednesday after a pursuit along Interstate 35, troopers said. U.S. marshals say Brian Keith Soileau had escaped from a facility in Evangeline Parish, La., on Oct. 13. He was facing a life sentence and is also a suspect in a bank robbery that happened Wednesday in Texas.
According to an OHP spokesperson, Soileau was driving 95 mph going the wrong way along I-35 in McClain County. He was headed south in the northbound lanes, troopers said.
Troopers tried to use a tactical vehicle intervention but said the suspect, Soileau, was crashing into them and running them off the road. The spokesperson said that a trooper fired shots at Soileau's truck, a GMC Sierra, leaving three bullet holes in his back window.
Soileau may have wounded, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman. After he was arrested near Davis, he was flown to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Troopers said the suspect drove approximately 30 miles along the interstate going the wrong way.

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2 years ago

Escaped inmate Brian Soileau injured in gunfire

Escaped inmate Brian Keith Soileau was captured in Oklahoma. Troopers say he was injured in the exchange of gunfire during the pursuit, and there is no word on his extent of injuries. An Oklahoma law enforcement officer spotted Soileau in a Walmart, and that's where the chase began. More tonight at 5:00 or as soon as the video is back at KATC.

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2 years ago

La. prison escapee captured in Okla. after chase

Look at this video from our ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City. It has not been confirmed, but the truck they show is similar to the one Brian Keith Soileau was last driving. The TV station says arrested in this case was an escaped inmate from Louisiana.

*Still picture of truck from news9.com

DAVIS, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an escapee from a Louisiana prison has been captured in Oklahoma after a chase that began in south Oklahoma City and included gunfire.

The man's name was not immediately released.

Trooper Betsy Randolph says the man lead U.S. marshals and OHP troopers on the chase as he drove south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 before crashing near Davis. Randolph says the man then exchanged gunfire with authorities before being captured as he tried to run away.

Randolph said it was not immediately known if there are any injuries.

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2 years ago

Update: Brian Keith Soileau Captured

State Police have confirmed that Brian Keith Soileau has been captured. There will be a press conference at the Evangeline Parish court house. More details to follow.

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3 years ago

Eight schools are now on lockdown due to an escaped inmate and bank robbery in Evangeline Parish

Vidrine Elementary, Central Elementary, Pine Prairie High School and Bayou Chicot Elementary, Ville Platte High, Ville Platte Elementary, Christian Heritage Academy and James Stephens Montessori in Ville Platte are all on lockdown due to escaped inmate Brian Keith Soileau who is suspected in the area as armed and dangerous.

During a lockdown, no one is allowed in or out of the school, therefore, parents should not go to the school.

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3 years ago

Five law enforcement agencies "Intensive" manhunt for Brian Keith Soileau

A manhunt is happening now to find jail escapee and accused bank robber, 42-year-old Brian Keith Soileau. Although his current location in unknown, Soileau is believed to be driving a tan Chevrolet or GMC pickup, possibly a step side, with a flat tan cover over the bed of the truck, according to Sgt. James Anderson with State Police Troop D. Soileau was last seen traveling west on LA 10 from LA 13. He's accused of robbing Guaranty Bank in Vidrine in Evangeline Parish around 9:18 this morning.

A bank manager said Soileau walked into the bank wearing a baseball cap and brandished a handgun. It is believed he got away with $11,000-$12,000. No one was hurt in the robbery. "Law enforcement officers from the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police Troops D, E, and I, the Louisiana State Police Air Support Unit, and the U.S. Marshals are conducting an intensive manhunt for Soileau," Anderson said.

Soileau escaped from the Pine Prairie Detention Center October 13. "Soileau was doing state time for aggravated burglary and other pending charges," Anderson said.

Soileau is believed to be armed and dangerous. "If located, do not approach," Anderson said. Dial 911 and notify your nearest law enforcement agency. Cell phone callers may also contact State Police directly by dialing *LSP (*577).

For a description and additional pictures of Brian Keith Soileau, click on the link below. SOILEAU Wanted Poster.pdf

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3 years ago

Seven schools on lockdown due to escaped inmate bank robbery in Evangeline Parish

Vidrine Elementary, Central Elementary, Pine Prairie High School and Bayou Chicot Elementary are all on required lockdown and Ville Platte High, Ville Platte Elementary and James Stephens Montessori in Ville Platte are under voluntary lockdown due to escaped inmate Brian Keith Soileau who is suspected in the area as armed and dangerous.

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3 years ago

Sheriff's Office: Escaped inmate on the run after robbing bank

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office has confirmed that escaped inmate Brian Keith Soileau who has been on the run for nearly two weeks, has robbed the Guaranty Bank in Vidrine, LA and is now on the run, possibly heading westbound in a tan, step-side GMC truck with a bed cover. He is considered armed and dangerous and may have a semi-automatic rifle.

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3 years ago

Bank robber could be escaped inmate

A bank in Vidrine in Evangeline Parish has been robbed, and it's possible escaped inmate Brian Keith Soileau is the suspect. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office and State Police Troop D are working the robbery.

According to evangelinetoday.com: Authorities are currently searching for Brian Soileau on Redlick Road near Turkey Creek. Officers received reports of a tan truck with a silver cover traveling in that area. He's said to be headed west toward LA. 13. Officials warned that he was armed and considered very dangerous.

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3 years ago

Reward issued for escaped inmate

LCS Correction Service's Incorporated is offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the capture of Brian Keith Soileau. He escaped from the Pine Prairie Corrections center October 13th, 2011.

He was last seen in the Beaver Creek/Pine Prairie area. He is considered armed and dangerous. Be careful while you are hunting this weekend. If you see this person, do not approach; call your local law enforcement agency.

If you have any information, please call the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's office at (337) 363-2161.

Description:

White male
42 years old
6'1 in height
195lbs.
brown hair
hazel eyes

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3 years ago

Escaped Inmate Recap from Evangeline Parish

Brian Keith Soileau is not expected to be armed. He was in the Pine Prairie jail on a bank robbery charge and has been locked up since the beginning of August.
The Pine Prairie Correctional Center can house around one-thousand inmates. It's located on a 15-acre site that has a double perimeter security fence and a non-lethal electric stun fence.
Deputies tell us Soileau escaped by draping a towel over a barbed wire fence and climbing over. He was noticed missing from a group of inmates just before eight.
What deputies don't know was how he escaped from the group or how he crossed the fence with no one seeing him.
Deputies say Soileau was cut in the escape and will be bloody as a result.
News of Soileau's escape was buzzing around Pine Prairie today. Residents say they're frustrated law enforcement officers didn't even get the word out about an escaped inmate.
Pine Prairie is a small town. Nearly everyone knows everyone, and that's how Sue Williams found out Brian Soileau escaped.
Others found out from the news, some from Facebook. One man didn't know what was going on until he dropped his child off at school and saw there was a lockdown.
Brian Soileau was arrested two months ago, accused of robbing the town's only bank at gun-point. His wife Anna was charged and has since been released on bond.
Investigator Shawn Eckhart says he doesn't believe she helped him escape.
Brian is still a person of interest in a break-in a couple of weeks before the bank robbery. He's accused of using a backhoe to steal an ATM, but he was unsuccessful.
We asked the warden at Pine Prairie Correctional Center why the public wasn't informed as soon as they realized Soileau escaped. He says it's the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's responsibility, but the Sheriff's Office says it's the other way around.

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3 years ago

Update: Escaped Inmate in Evangeline Parish

Inmate Brian Keith Soileau escaped from the Pine Prairie Correctional Center by draping a towel over a barbed wire fence. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's investigator Shawn Eckhart said Soileau was noticed missing from a group of other inmates at 7:50 last night. They do not know how he escaped from the group nor how he crossed the fence undetected. Investigators said there is no reason to believe Soileau's wife, Anna, helped him escape. Husband and wife are accused of robbing a bank in Pine Prairie in August. Anna has since bonded out of jail and was charged with illegal possession of stolen things.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Brian Keith Soileau should call 911 or the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office 337-363-2161.

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3 years ago

Sheriff's Office Releases Bank Robbery Info

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office released information this morning about the bank robbery at Citizen's Bank in Pine Prairie on August 5. Sheriff Eddie Soileau says Brian Keith Soileau was charged on August 05, 2011 with armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal use of weapons, resisting an officer by force, theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated burglary, theft of a firearm, criminal damage to property and theft under $300. Soileau's wife, Anna, was charged with illegal possession of stolen things on August 05, 2011, and additional charges are pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation related to the bank robbery.

The sheriff reminds residents they can be a valuable tool to law enforcement by reporting any suspicious activity. He said it's always better to call the Sheriff's Office if you believe something illegal may be occurring in your area. Soileau thanked the community for its continued support and encouraged the public to continue to report illegal activities. He said all callers will remain anonymous.

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3 years ago

Stolen Motorcycle and Gun Used in Pine Prairie Bank Robbery

The husband and wife accused of robbing a bank in Pine Prairie yesterday are also accused of stealing the handgun and motorcycle used in the robbery. Brian Keith Soileau and Anna Laurie Soileau are in the Evangeline Parish jail. The robbery happened just before 1:00 p.m. at Citizens Bank on Main Street. Surveillance video and witness interviews led investigators to the Soileau's home, but they weren't home. "Shortly after putting an all-points bulletin on Soileau's vehicle, Sergeant Shane Guillory (EPSO) located Soileau and the vehicle at The Y-Not Stop, south of Pine Prairie and immediately called for additional units to respond to the area, due to Soileau possibly being armed and dangerous. Both subjects were apprehended at the scene and the money stolen from the bank was recovered," Chief Deputy Richard Ortego said.

Ortego said Brian Soileau confessed to the armed robbery and admitted to breaking into a home to steal the keys to a Harley Davidson motorcycle which was used as the getaway vehicle. At this time charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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