Police arrest man sought in killing of teen

Balto. County detectives capture suspect in city after a brief foot chase

Victim, 13, was his stepdaughter

August 06, 2005|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF

Carl Preston Evans Jr., wanted in the killing of his 13-year-old stepdaughter in Essex last week, was captured yesterday by Baltimore County detectives after a brief foot chase through city streets.

Evans, 35, was taken to a local hospital for a "pre-existing injury," said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, county police spokeswoman.

Evans was released from the hospital last night and was at Baltimore County police headquarters awaiting a bail hearing, she said.

A convicted rapist, Evans is listed on the state's sex offender registry, which is supposed to include a correct address.

After the killing July 25, authorities realized they did not know Evans' whereabouts, making him one of about 800 registered offenders in the state - one in five - for whom the state might not have an accurate address.

Amid heightened scrutiny of the sex offender registry as a result of the Evans case, Howard County police began trying last week to track down all 76 of that county's registered offenders. Of 13 first unaccounted for, seven had been arrested as of yesterday.

The search for Evans led police to a home in the 1800 block of Madison Ave. in West Baltimore, said Warehime, describing a police stakeout of the area.

Evans tried to run from police, but was arrested shortly before 3 p.m. a few blocks away on Eutaw Street.

Last night, a marked city police cruiser was parked in front of the three-story brick rowhouse.

Warehime declined to identify the hospital where Evans was taken and would not describe his injury.

Evans is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Breaunna Floyd on July 25. Her body was found in a burned-out rowhouse in the 900 block of Foxridge Lane on the county's east side.

He is also charged with attempted murder and first-degree arson, police said.

Also in the house at the time of the fire was the victim's 8-month-old half-sister, Mosett Kendrell Evans, who suffered injuries in the blaze.

Police believe that the fire was set in an attempt to conceal the killing of the teenager.

Police have declined to say how the girl was killed or disclose a motive for her killing.

Evans was convicted of first-degree rape in a 1991 Baltimore case, authorities said. He was charged with raping a 21-year-old woman in West Baltimore at gunpoint and beating the woman. Four other suspects were arrested in the rape case, court records show.

Evans pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and was given a 10-year prison sentence, with eight years and six months of it suspended, according to court records.

He also was sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison for violating probation, according to court records.

State public safety officials are seeking help from lawmakers to help improve the registry's accuracy.

Officials want more offenders to check in with local law enforcement agencies to help track their movements.

Sun staff writers Tyrone Richardson, Gus Sentementes and William Wan contributed to this article.

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