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4th suspect in Zavalla beating, robbery arrested; 1 person still at large

Hayley Leviness (Source: Angelina County Jail) Hayley Leviness (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Brian Leviness (Source: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers) Brian Leviness (Source: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers)
Charles Evans (Source: Angelina County Jail) Charles Evans (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Dale Evans (Source: Angelina County Jail) Dale Evans (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Larry Mchale (Source: San Augustine County Jail) Larry Mchale (Source: San Augustine County Jail)
ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) -

A 20-year-old Zavalla woman, who is one of five suspects in a brutal aggravated robbery that occurred at a house on Barge Road on Jan. 22, turned herself in to authorities Thursday, according to Chief Stefani Wade. The motorcycle stolen in the robbery was used in a high-speed chase on Jan. 27.

Brian Andrew Leviness, the fifth suspect in the robbery is still at large, Wade said.

Hayley Ryan Leviness is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge. No bail amount has been set for the charge yet.

According to the Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers website, an investigation by the Zavalla Police Department revealed that Larry Shane McHale, 35, of Zavalla, Charles Eddie Evans Jr., 24, off San Augustine, Dale Gene Evans, 45, of Huntington, Brian Leviness, 25, of Zavalla, and Hayley Leviness were all involved in the theft of a motorcycle and the contents of its saddlebags on Jan. 22.

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.

“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 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 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 Brian Leviness, 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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