Federal trial delayed for man accused of kidnapping 4-year-old Johns Island girl

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Thomas Evans' federal trial has been put on hold for now.

The prosecutors and defense attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping a Johns Island girl have piles of evidence to go through before moving forward.Jury selection in the case was previously set for July.

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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