Case against bike trail rape suspect will go to trial

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The case against a man suspected of raping a 17-year-old girl at a bike trail in Summerville at knifepoint last month will go to trial.

During a preliminary court hearing on Wednesday, a judge ruled there was sufficient probably cause to continue the prosecution of 20-year-old Michael Glen Evans, of Summerville, according to Summerville Police Captain Jon Rogers.

Evans faces charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

He was arrested on Jan. 14, five days after the alleged rape in the area of Bacons Bridge Road and the Sawmill Branch Bike Trail near the rear of an SCE&G power station.

Summerville police responded to the area after receiving reports of a 17-year-old girl, with blood coming from her face, seen running naked on the trail and across Bacons Bridge Road.

The victim told officers that an unknown white 17-year-old male with curly brown hair had sexually assaulted her. She said the suspect was wearing a camouflage jacket and blue jeans.

According to the victim, she was running on the bike trail when she saw the suspect approached her riding his bike. The victim said the suspect then hit her on the rear and continued to ride his bike toward the YMCA.

The victim said she became upset after the incident but continued to run. A police report states that the suspect reappeared, rammed his bike into the victim and attempted to pull the victim toward the woods.

Police say the suspect then told the girl to "shut up" and pulled out a silver pocket knife. According to authorities, the suspect punched the girl three times in the face.

Officers say they saw what appeared to be a busted lip on the lower left side of the girl's face and a bruise to her forehead. The girl said the suspect tried to push her down to the ground, and told her multiple times to 'shut up' and would not kill her if she would be quiet.

Police say the suspect then pulled the victim in the woods, held a knife to her throat and sexually assaulted her.

A police report states that a male subject appeared at the edge of the woods and asked if everything was all right roughly three minutes later. Authorities say when the suspect told the male that he was with his girlfriend and trying to have sex, the victim began to yell for help.

The suspect then ran out of the woods and left on his bike, police say. The victim said she then ran to her car, drove home and told her father what had happened. The girl told police she ran the trail often and did not recognize the suspect.

Evans' criminal history reveals this is his fourth arrest.

In 2009 he was arrested on a charge of petty larceny in Florence County. Summerville police arrested him in Oct. 2011 on a charge of receiving stolen goods. He was also charged with receiving stolen goods by St. George police in Nov. 2011.

He is being held in the Dorchester County Detention Center.