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Saturday, June 13, 2015

U.S. Marshals Offer $5,000 Reward for Information Leading to the Capture of a Dangerous Fugitive

Cleveland, OH – The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, in conjunction with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Michael Evans.

Evans is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear for aggravated robbery and felonious assault charges. Evans is also a suspect in a homicide that occurred in early June 2015 in the Miami, Florida area. He is believed to be traveling with his wife Kristy N. Evans and Kristy’s seven year old daughter Jala Barnett. They may be driving a Blue, 2001 Ford Escort with Ohio registration FUT4068. Evans may also be driving a stolen 2005 Blue Audi A4 with a temporary license plate number BKD-6156.

Crime Stoppers in Miami is also offering a reward of up to $3,000 dollars for Evans’ capture. This additional reward by the U.S. Marshals brings the total reward amount of up to $8,000 dollars for any tipster providing direct information leading to the arrest of Michael Evans.

Evans is a 30 year old white male. Standing 5’10” and weighing approximately 190 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. Kristy Evans is a 34 year old white female, standing 5’04” and weighing approximately 130 pounds. Jala Barnette is a 7 year old female standing approximately 4’6” and weighing approximately 65 pounds. Jala also has a beauty mark on the right side of her face above her lip. Evans was last seen in Miami Florida but also has ties to Tuscarawas County Ohio.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said, “Our concern is for the safety of the community and the welfare of the little girl who may be traveling with Evans. Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in locating this dangerous fugitive.”

Anyone with information concerning any wanted fugitive can contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833). You may also anonymously text in a tip by texting the keyword "WANTED" and your tip to TIP411 (847411), or you can send a web tip at the following webpage Reward money is available and tipsters may remain anonymous.

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