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Suspect in chase had fled community corrections

By: R. SCOTT RAPPOLD THE GAZETTE
April 20, 2005
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Michael Jeffrey Evans was hoping to “bounce” — flee an arrest warrant in Colorado Springs with cash from someone else’s bank account. Instead, he and his girlfriend wound up in a nine-mile pursuit followed by a massive manhunt that brought a neighborhood to a standstill Friday.
According to an arrest affidavit made available Tuesday, Evans and his girlfriend, Danielle Marie Park, admitted firing shots at a pursuing El Paso County sheriff’s deputy during the chase and trying to carjack another car after road spikes blew out their tires. Evans, 20, and Park, 19, are being held without bail in county jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer and other charges. Evans had been wanted for escaping from Community Corrections, where he was serving six months for a theft conviction. The Sheriff’s Office expects to pursue more charges in connection with the attempted fraud and subsequent chase. The chase began Friday afternoon at the Farmers State Bank in Falcon when Evans and Park tried to cash a check with a stolen ID at the drive-up window, according to the affidavit. The woman whose ID they were using, Janice Slack, was at the bank at the same time, trying to close her account, and bank employees called authorities. “The teller said, ‘That’s not Janice,’” Slack said. “We bank there, and they know us because it’s a small bank.” Investigators initially thought the ID and checkbook had been stolen during a Friday-morning carjacking attempt at a gas station on South Circle Drive. Colorado Springs police, however, say Slack’s purse was taken from her car Wednesday during a string of thefts on Poplar Brook Drive. Detective Buck Meyer said Evans and Park are suspects in those thefts. It is unclear if they are suspects in the attempted carjacking, in which a man in a pickup tried to take a car at gunpoint. Police could provide no details on the investigation Tuesday. During the pursuit by deputies, Park told Evans to “get me out of this,” according to the affidavit, and he tried to steal an SUV at gunpoint. The driver ducked and drove off. Evans got back behind the wheel of the pickup — now with blown-out tires from road spikes — and fired four shots through the rear window at two deputies’ cruisers, hitting the front grille of one, the affidavit states. They abandoned the truck in the Village East Apartments, on Hathaway Drive just east of Colorado Springs. Authorities cordoned off a two-square-mile area and began a house-to-house search. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the SWAT team searched 10 houses before finding the pair hiding in a bathtub at 6737 Dale Road.
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