Police student helps in 2 arrests Sykesville landscaper studying to be officer apprehends suspects

April 03, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Sykesville landscaper, who has wanted to be a police officer since childhood, got a taste of police work Tuesday when he helped arrest two men accused of auto theft.

Shane Evans, 28, was in his driveway near the park-and-ride lot on Sykesville Road south of Eldersburg when he saw Trooper Shelly Lemon pursuing two men who had stopped their car and run into the woods.

"I don't know why, but I've just always wanted to be a police officer and help people," said Evans, who expects to graduate from Anne Arundel Community College's police track program in July.

Evans said he told his wife, Cathy, to take their two children inside while he went to help the trooper.

Evans, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 270 pounds, ran about a half-mile through the woods before coming to the edge of a swampy field, where he saw one of the men knee-deep in muck.

"I went in after him and he ran toward a nearby house under construction," Evans said. "The guy went one way around the house and I went the other. When I caught him, I controlled him with an arm bar and told him to kneel and then put him face down on the ground."

A trooper arrived, took the man into custody and thanked Evans for his assistance, Evans said.

"I felt glad to help but bitter, too, because I'm paying my own tuition to the Anne Arundel Community College police track program, and I haven't been able to get sponsored or hired by any [police] agency," Evans said.

"I'm married, have two kids, work full time in the day and go to class at night," he said. "I'm carrying a 4.0 grade point average. Police work is what I really want to do, but it's so hard to get hired anywhere."

Evans said he started to walk home as police, aided by helicopters, began to search for the second man.

"I'm an avid hunter," he said. "It hit me that the second guy had to be hiding in a nearby hedgerow because there were no tracks through the field."

Evans walked the hedgerow and soon found a man hiding in a brier patch.

"I pulled him out and controlled him before calling to a trooper that I had the guy."

Again, a trooper took custody, got Evans' name and thanked him for his help.

"One of the troopers joked that they were calling me 'Bloodhound' on the police radio," Evans said. "I even tried to hit them up for a job."

Evans, a 1986 graduate of Liberty High School, said he has applied and remains in the running with about 170 applicants for six positions in the Annapolis Police Department.

"We want to nominate Mr. Evans for a state police citizen's award," said 1st Sgt. Robert Windsor, a state police spokesman at the Westminster barracks. "He's a hero in our eyes for helping [our troopers] apprehend those men."

Tyrone E. Watkins Jr., 27, of Glen Burnie and William D. Grimes, 26, of Ellicott City were arrested Tuesday on charges of auto theft and attempted auto theft, court records show.

Each was held in lieu of $5,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center.

According to a police report, troopers learned after two men were taken into custody that the ignition switch on a 1983 Datsun in the park-and-ride lot had been removed.

A Hyundai owned by a Silver Spring man was found in the parking lot, police said. It had been reported stolen Tuesday in Anne Arundel County.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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