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Zavalla PD: 1 more suspect arrested in theft of motorcycle used in high-speed chase

Brian and Hayley Leviness are still at large. (Source: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers) Brian and Hayley Leviness are still at large. (Source: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers)
Dale Evans (Source: Angelina County Jail) Dale Evans (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Charles Evans (Source: Angelina County Jail) Charles Evans (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Larry McHale (Source: San Augustine County Jail) Larry McHale (Source: San Augustine County Jail)

Editor's Note: The Zavalla Police Department gave East Texas News incorrect information. Joshua Kenneth Byars was not one of the suspects in the alleged aggravated robbery.

By Gary Bass

ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) - A third suspect has been arrested in an aggravated robbery that occurred at a house in the 500 block of Barge Road in Zavalla on Jan. 22, and two people are still at large. In all, there are five suspects in the case.

Another suspect in the case allegedly used the motorcycle that was stolen to lead law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase on Jan. 27.

Zavalla Police Chief Stefani Wade said Dale Gene Evans, 45, of Huntington, Charles Eddie Evans Jr., 24, of San Augustine, and Larry Shane McHale, 35, of Zavalla, were all involved in the assault of the victim and the subsequent theft of the motorcycle.

Wade said Dale Evans is Charles Evans’ father.

Dale Evans and Charles Evans are still being held in the Angelina County Jail. Each man was charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery. Dale Evans was also charged with a Class C misdemeanor no driver’s license charge.

McHale is still being held in the San Augustine County Jail on four felony charges - aggravated assault of a public servant, evading arrest with a vehicle, criminal mischief, and aggravated robbery - and a blue warrant from Angelina County.

Collectively, Dale Evans’ bail amount was set at $100,277, and Charles Evans’ bail amount was set at $40,000.

McHale is still being held in the San Augustine County Jail on four felony charges - aggravated assault of a public servant, evading arrest with a vehicle, criminal mischief, and aggravated robbery - and a blue warrant from Angelina County.

According to the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers Facebook page, East Texas law enforcement agencies are also looking for Brian Andrew Leviness and Hayley Ryan Leviness.

The Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers web site states that an investigation by the Zavalla Police Department revealed that McHale, Charles Evans, Dale Evans, Brian Leviness, and Hayley Leviness were all involved in the theft of a motorcycle and the contents of its saddlebags on Jan. 22.

“In seeking warrants for the five, the investigating officer stated the robbery occurred on Barge Road in Zavalla the evening of January 22 and involved the male victim being beaten before his motorcycle and property were taken,” the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers web site stated.

The Crime Stoppers bulletin stated that the victim told authorities that he went to the home on Barge Road at the request of one of the suspects, and he was attacked when he tried to leave. The victim During the assault, the victim was allegedly hit in the head with a “hard, possibly metal object,” causing him severe pain.

Once the victim went down, he was stomped on, kicked, and dragged down steps outside the residence, the bulletin stated. The man told police he escaped when the suspects took his keys and turned their attention to stealing his motorcycle. The Crime Stoppers bulletin described the motorcycle as a 2006 burgundy and black Susuki GSXR motorcycle.

The Zavalla Police Department picked Evans up at the house in the 500 block of Barge Road on Feb. 3, and took him to the county jail.
During the incident, McHale allegedly took the victim’s burgundy and black 2006 Suzuki GSXR 1300 with an estimated value of $7,000, along with numerous other items.

According to a previous East Texas News story, Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department game wardens, and US marshals tried to arrest McHale as he was leaving the back of a home in Broaddus at 9:40 a.m. on Jan. 27. However, McHale allegedly escaped on the stolen motorcycle and led law enforcement on a high-speed chase.
During the chase, McHale got up to speeds of 150 mph before he hit tire spikes on FM 705 and wrecked the stolen motorcycle, the previous story stated.

McHale was taken by helicopter from the scene of where he wrecked the motorcycle to a hospital in Shreveport.

A week before the high-speed chase, McHale was driving a four-wheel drive pickup when he rammed it into a U.S. Forest Service vehicle and an ACSO vehicle before driving into the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. McHale managed to get away in the dark, according to San Augustine County Sheriff Robert Cartwright. Cartwright said authorities looked for McHale until 2 a.m. the following morning before they called off the search.

The previous East Texas News story stated that McHale did about $5,000 worth of damage to the vehicles.

If anyone knows the current location of the two suspect that are still at large, they are urged to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at (936) 639-TIPS or visit the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers webpage.

The first, most accurate tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.

“Crime Stoppers pays rewards in cash but only for anonymous, crime-solving tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement,” the Crime Stoppers bulletin stated. “Funds for Crime Stoppers rewards come from fees paid by convicted criminals.”

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