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Kane escapee surrenders

By KATE THAYER

kthayer@kcchronicle.com

CHICAGO - A man wanted in Kane County who escaped police custody is back in jail.

Michael C. Evans, 19, was picked up by Chicago police around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the south side of the city on a warrant issued in Kane County.

As he was being transported to the department's central holding area, Evans kicked out the upper hatch of the police van and escaped, Sgt. Eugene Mullins said.

Mullins said officers handcuffed Evans when they took him into custody, but Mullins did not know whether Evans was able to take them off.

Evans later was arrested around 1:15 p.m. Thursday on the 6000 block of South Wabash Avenue, and remained at Chicago's Area 2 headquarters, Mullins said.

He could face felony charges for the escape.

"That's up to the state's attorney," Mullins said.

A judge issued a warrant for Evans on March 9 when he failed to appear in court for a status hearing on an alleged probation violation, court records show.

He was sentenced to 24 months' probation in May 2005 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery.

Court records indicate that, as part of the plea agreement, several sexual assault and sexual abuse charges were dropped.

The charges stem from a 2003 incident in South Elgin. Evans reportedly was accused of wrongdoing by a woman at a party he attended.

Evans' attorney D.J. Tegeler said TV reports that Evans was a suspect in an assault are "erroneous."

"He's never been convicted of sexual assault, and he's not a suspect," he said.

Mullins maintains the warrant was for sexual assault charges, but said he would not know whether Evans pleaded to a lesser charge.

Evans is accused of violating his probation in August 2005, and again in December 2005, court records show.

He allegedly failed to comply with a "psychosexual" evaluation, and drug tests indicated he used marijuana, records show.

Tegeler said the evaluation is not part of his probation, and is contesting the violations.

As part of that process, his client had to appear in court March 9, but did not appear, he said.

Tegeler said he doesn't know why his client escaped police custody.

"He's scared. He's 19," he said.

He also described Evans as a "clean-shaven, clean-cut kid," who "got into some trouble."

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