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Man caught with teen in La. jail


Published:   |   Updated: June 20, 2014 at 05:33 PM

The registered sex offender who went on the run with a Valrico 16-year-old girl was released from a hospital Friday and booked into a Louisiana jail, authorities said.

Steven P. Myers, 41, of Plant City, stabbed himself with a knife at the conclusion of a multi-agency high-speed pursuit early Thursday, Louisiana authorities said.

Myers and the teen, Ashley Lyon, were fleeing law enforcement on Interstate 10 in a stolen pickup truck, police in Lafayette, La., said. The pair planned to run away together, Hillsborough County sheriff's office said.

After authorities disabled the vehicle, the girl was found inside with 10 stab wounds and taken to a hospital. She remained in serious but stable condition Friday afternoon, Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton said.

Myers, who was bitten by a police dog and had multiple stab wounds, was released from the hospital and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, Mouton said.

Myers faces Louisiana charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated criminal damage to property. In Hillsborough County, he faces charges of interference with child custody, traveling to meet a minor and attempted unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

The high-speed pursuit began late Wednesday when Myers and the girl were recognized by a clerk at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, La., and the store manager called authorities.

After the 40-mile chase along I-10 ended in Lafayette, Myers began stabbing himself in the abdomen before officers were able to take him into custody by using a police dog and shooting him with a stun gun, authorities said.

Mouton said the investigation remains ongoing.

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