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Two arrested on kidnapping and other charges

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Michael Lamar Evans, 21, and Montreal Shamar Evans, 19, were arrested yesterday evening on kidnapping and other charges related to the kidnapping incident.

At about 7:30 p.m. on December 22, Michael Evans entered the residence of a woman he had a child with, uninvited and while armed with a handgun. The victim said Michael Evans had come over unannounced and started banging on her door, then he allegedly broke into the residence by hitting the door hard enough to force it open.

The adult victim said that when Michael Evans entered the residence, he pulled a pistol from his waistband, placed the pistol on the kitchen table, began arguing with her verbally, and then attacked her physically. The child walked between them, and Michael Evans allegedly pushed the child down, causing the child to fall. Michael Evans allegedly continued to attack the adult victim, including choking her. He then allegedly told the adult victim that he was taking the child with him, grabbed the child and the pistol, and left.

Outside the residence, Montreal Evans pulled up in his car, and the adult victim reported that she saw him remove a pistol from his waistband and place it on the driver’s seat of his car. Michael Evans allegedly placed the child in the front seat of Montreal Evans’ car while the adult victim tried to stop them from taking the child. Michael Evans allegedly held the adult victim back while Montreal Evans drove away with the child. Michael Evans then tried to leave, but his car wouldn’t start, so he got in Montreal Evans’ car, and they left.

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The adult victim had injuries consistent with her statement to police, and a neighbor saw what happened outside and recorded part of it on a phone.

Montreal Evans’ car was located by police, and both men were arrested. The child was in the vehicle and was returned safely to the adult victim.

Two Glocks with loaded magazines and rounds in the chamber were found in the car, readily accessible to the occupants, along with 81 grams of marijuana, baggies, and scales.

Post Miranda, Michael Evans said he had gone to the residence looking for a man he suspected was there and that after knocking on the door, he let himself in. He admitted pushing the child out of the way but denied touching or choking the adult victim. He admitted taking the child from the residence, placing the child in Montreal Evans’ car, and pushing the adult victim away from the car so Montreal Evans could leave with the child. He said both firearms were his and that the marijuana was for his personal consumption. Neither suspect has a concealed carry license.

Post Miranda, Montreal Evans admitted to traveling to the adult victim’s residence to help Michael Evans and admitted to leaving with the child. He denied ever having a pistol during the incident.

Michael Evans has been charged with armed burglary, kidnapping, child abuse without great bodily harm, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, committing domestic battery by strangulation, and carrying a concealed firearm without a license. He is being held on $550,000 bond. Montreal Evans has been charged with kidnapping and carrying a concealed firearm without a license. He is being held on $150,000 bond.

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