Judge denies bond for Summerville rape suspect; parents speak

Published: Jan. 14, 2013 at 7:02 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2013 at 9:14 PM EST
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Michael Evans and a police sketch.
Michael Evans and a police sketch.
Evans appears in bond court.
Evans appears in bond court.

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A judge denied bond Tuesday for the man suspected of raping a 17-year-old girl at a bike trail in Summerville after hearing from the victim's parents during a hearing.

Michael Glen Evans, 20, of Summerville, will remain behind bars at least until he appears for a hearing in circuit court.

Before the judge set bond, he heard from the victim's mother and father.

"We've lived in perpetual fear not knowing where this stranger was [...] She's been constantly anxious that he would find her, and hurt her or a member of our family," said the mother.

She continued, "Normal activity such as driving herself to work, or even sleeping in her own room have not been possible.  Our little girl is 17 years old, yet there have been nights where she's dad to sleep with us so she can hold my hand all night long."

"This man was so brazen, he hunted in a place our community allowed children to play.  He clearly has no moral compass, no process by which to make decisions that you can guarantee will keep other in our community, other daughters, mothers and sisters, safe."

The victim's father highlighted the hardworking nature of his daughter and her involvement in the community.

Summerville police arrested Evans Monday and charged him with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

Earlier in the day, Summerville police officials announced that they had received a large number of tips from the public following the release of two sketches of the suspect. Investigators say those tips led to the identity of Evans as a 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.

Captain Jon Rogers with the Summerville Police Department said investigators had been looking through many leads provided by the public after the release of the sketches, which came last Friday.

Police say the incident happened on Jan. 9 in the area of Bacons Bridge Road and the Sawmill Branch Bike Trail near the rear of an SCE&G power station.

On Wednesday afternoon, authorities received information that a 17-year-old girl, with blood coming from her face, was 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.

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