Team effort takes down ‘Loco’; violent felon who beat store clerk with brass knuckles — over beer

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The Department of Corrections says it took a big team effort, and forced entry into a home outside Sunnyside — to capture missing high-violent fugitive, Levi ‘Loco’ Cantu — who would not come out when told to.

He was taken into custody today by the L.E.A.D. Task Force, Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force in Yakima, Sunnyside police, and Grandview police.

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His street name,  is ‘Loco’ —  perfect for missing high-violent offender, Levi Cantu.

He’s wanted by Grandview police for drugs and guns, and by the Department of Corrections for Escape in Yakima County — but officers think he could be hiding in the Seattle area now.

Cops say ‘Loco’s’ deep into meth, gangs, and violence — like the brutal brass-knuckled beating he gave a store clerk — over beer. “Levi and his friend stole beer from a convenience store,” says DOC Ofc. Christina Lacy. “When the clerk tried to stop them, they hit him in the head with fists, brass knuckles, and a 4” pipe. The clerk suffered major bruising, and cuts to his head and his face.”

Cantu’s huge rap sheet includes convictions for assault, burglary, robbery, and a ton of domestic violence crimes.

Officers say his mixture of drugs, gangs, and guns makes Cantu a ‘high safety risk’ to anyone trying to come after him.

Here are the details on LEVI CANTU:

  • Street Name: ‘Loco’
  • Age: 39
  • Ht: 5’11”
  • Wt: 205 lbs

Officers say he hangs out in the Sunnyside/Grandview areas of Yakima County – but again — could be hiding around the Seattle area now.

If you know where he is, call an anonymous tip into:


You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.

CLICK HERE for information on how to TEXT A TIP to Crime Stoppers

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