Jury selection set for July for man accused of kidnapping 4-year-old Johns Island girl

Thomas Evans returns to the Al Cannon Detention Center after a federal court hearing. (Source: Live 5)
Thomas Evans returns to the Al Cannon Detention Center after a federal court hearing. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Jury selection has been set for the man accused of kidnapping a 4-year-old Johns Island girl and assaulting her mother.

Thomas Evans is facing charges of kidnapping and sexual assault for the incident that happened back in February.

Jury selection will begin on July 17.

Affidavits filed in the case indicate Evans confessed to investigators after his arrest.

Evans is accused of keeping a woman captive for approximately an hour before fleeing the home with her 4-year-old daughter and the victim's purse.

The woman told her daughter to run while the woman was being beaten, but Evans grabbed the child, the affidavit states.

Investigators were notified the victim's stolen debit card, which was in her purse, was used at a gas station in Greensboro, Georgia, approximately 20 hours after the kidnapping and assault was reported, an affidavit states.

Evans was arrested the following day in Mississippi after he fled the scene in Alabama when Heidi was rescued, according to investigators.

Detectives say the woman's vision was impaired by the assault but say she was able to pick Evans out of a photo lineup.

Court documents state Evans told investigators he used his girlfriend's car, a black Honda Civic, to go to Charleston.

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